Feeding other type birds.

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Unk Bond
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Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Hello All
? do feed other type birds. Thanks [ Later
Unk Bond
Posts: 287
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Unk Bond wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:39 pm
Hello All
? do feed other type birds. Thanks [ Later
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philsand
Posts: 85
Joined: Mon May 18, 2015 9:54 am
Location: Eastern nc

I am concerned about attracting sparrows and hawks.
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

When I first got started with martins I didn't because I didn't want to draw in hawks. Not that I have a decent sized martin colony I know they will draw more attention then a feeder would. Once you get 5-10 pair, there is more activity around a martin colony then most bird feeders have. I usually have out suit feeders and last year I had out a Oriol feeder. Saw it used a couple times but not much. The suit feeders seem to not draw as much as a standard feeder but the birds that do use it are not HOSP or starlings.
202160 nests with 187 eggs (6-3-20) HOSP count-9
2020 Currently 42 nest, Fledged approx 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 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 (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3134
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Oops, it duplicated for some reason.
202160 nests with 187 eggs (6-3-20) HOSP count-9
2020 Currently 42 nest, Fledged approx 164 HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 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 (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
Unk Bond
Posts: 287
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Location: Ohio
Martin Colony History: I have had 5




I have had 5 years of enjoying my martin bird colony.




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Hello
The reason I posted this question. I youst to feed sacks of bird feed the year around. And had gobs of sparrows given me trouble trying to make a lot of nest in my T14 houses.
I changed my feeding pattern. Still feeding sacks of bird feed. To get all kinds of birds through the harsh winter months.

When the weather broke to where they could feed in there natural way. I stopped all feeding of any bird. And I found my sparrow problems went away. No free hand out they left.
This might help some that are hving spparow and starling problems[ Later
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1119
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA made adjustments and next year was successful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021:
Home colony: mix natural gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021:
PMCA member

Yeah I used to feed them too, doves mostly but the sparrows found it quick, grackles and starlings. Started putting suet cakes out like flyin-lowe, all of a sudden woodpeckers, mockingbird and later warblers showed. Doves not so much. Ill continue to put up suet, no loose seeds. Some sparrows showed but something violent happened to them.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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