First Ever ASY MALE

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Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:55 pm
Location: Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2021- First Colony 8 Pairs 37 eggs 15 Fledged

Yesterday morning a ASY male showed up at my site. He came around 8:00 AM & stayed over 1-1/2 checking out the ones I opened. Since I am a site with no colony for over 7 years with TS I have followed the pre-planning article by Dan Drew. The PM came in and out all morning and the TS seemed to be OK with his presence. Of course they have been busy checking out the new house I built over the winter months and defending it from other TS. This morning the PM showed up at 7:00 ...checking out the ones I have open. The TS were on the perch right near him with no problems. Dawn song playing. Perhaps the ASY will bring some SY ....I'm waiting


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Great news Garry. If he decides to stay for good he shouldn't have any trouble finding a mate and will probably draw in other pairs as well. Good Luck
Jeff Dean
Ed Pace
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Don’t be too surprised if your Treeswallow has a change of heart when your PM brings a female around. I break up that relation ship before it causes you a lot of problems. Just my thoughts
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If I am reading correctly the TS already have claimed their own house (no the PM house) and are only perching near the PM house? If that is the case you should be OK. My TS perch near the PM's a lot and they don't have issues. The good news is, if that ASY males sticks around it can be like an instant colony. If an ASY female does find him an SY female will. I would guess you will start seeing more visitors soon, they can draw in a croud.
2021 Currently 62 nest 138 babies plus 110 eggs (6-317-21) HOSP count-9
2020 42 nest, Fledged 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional lone SY's
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair 14 fledged.
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Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit and join.

Hi glfriend,
Congrats on your first martin. I will pray for a mate to show up and maybe start a colony.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
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Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:55 pm
Location: Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2021- First Colony 8 Pairs 37 eggs 15 Fledged

I'm excited but cautious especially on the TS. In answer to flyin-lowe post...... the TS are flying in and out of the new house I built for them this year. They are protecting this house from other TS & anything else....however they are not focused on nest building. TS is not bothering the PM at all...I even have a picture of the three of them perched side by side. I have opened up two gourds near their nest (its 35 feet away) I watch them when PM is not around and have not seen them enter the gourds. I check the gourds near them quite often during the day for any evidence. If I see evidence of entry I will close them off until the PM returns. The dawn song is played every morning. I have thought I should close the gourds near the TS house but because these are the horizontal & know PM'S like them (which this one is investigating) I keep it open. So what do you think given the situation open or close? Open only when PM shows up.
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Sounds like you are doing everything right, if the Tree Swallows keep to their own nest, I would keep them open. Once the Tree Swallows drops some eggs into their nest you can open all the rest of your gourds.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
2020-62 pair.
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Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:55 pm
Location: Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2021- First Colony 8 Pairs 37 eggs 15 Fledged

Its been three days & I have not seen the ASY. I assume he is out feeding & perhaps looking for a female??
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Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
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Dont panic just yet, they do that. They show up, create a ruckus for a bit to make sure we have not been asleep while they have been traveling and take off. Might be a few days before he returns.
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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Location: Raymore, MO

They will spend most of the day as you suggested out feeding and looking for a mate. Keep an eye out for him early morning and from dusk until dark. They can slip in and out very quickly.
Jeff Dean
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