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dsonyay
Posts: 1327
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total.
6 fledges.

2021: 9 pair, 47 eggs
36 hatchlings
30 fledged

Is it typical behavior for other martins to sense fledge day and gather around the gourd rack to watch ? I have four ready to fledge and they seem to draw spectators. Wasn’t sure if this was common or it just seemed like that’s what I was seeing.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1247
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
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
PMCA member

Yep, how they know i wish I knew. Loads of martins show up. Isnt it interesting? They will escort the fledges encouraging them to fly loads of fun to watch.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
dsonyay
Posts: 1327
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total.
6 fledges.

2021: 9 pair, 47 eggs
36 hatchlings
30 fledged

C.C.Martins wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:17 am
Yep, how they know i wish I knew. Loads of martins show up. Isnt it interesting? They will escort the fledges encouraging them to fly loads of fun to watch.
I seem to remember reading about this. Yes.. yesterday i had quite a few that seemed to be “out of towners” circling low around the gourds. I have four that were 26 days on 9th. They’re still in ChirpyNest today.. being fed. But they keep sticking their heads out farther and farther. It’s possible one may have fledged and still have some left. I’m not messing with the nest checks til they are out.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1247
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
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
PMCA member

Yes it is possible one took off, the parents will stop feeding them soon to coax them out.

They are not very good at landing when they return for the night. Painful to watch. Years ago some fledges got caught in a sudden rain, scattered like leaves did not know what was going on. They were going into any cavity they could find, one stuck his head and shoulders in a crescent and stayed there...he knew he was in the wrong spot but wanted out of the rain. Finally his tail sssssllllllloooooowwwwwwlllllllyyyyy disappeared inside.
I think I have the video still.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
birdman in buckhead
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:47 am
Location: Small Town Buckhead, GA (not ATL Buckhead)
Martin Colony History: 2018: 1 pair, 5 fledged
2019: 3 pairs, 10 fledged
2020: 3 pairs, 13 fledged
2021: 13 pairs, 46 fledged

Yes, it's very normal and interesting! I've noticed this activity the past 3 years since I became a landlord. I've only had a house in the past, and the chicks would all come out onto the porch before taking their first flight. I put up gourds with front porches this year and I'm interested in seeing how the chicks prepare to fly with such a small area. Maybe one at a time???

I watched a chick for hours last year to see how they actually take the initial flight. It was a brood of 5 chicks, and all of the other chicks were flying, but I didn't see the initial flight. So I watched and waited for the last one standing out on the porch to fly, and that's exactly what happened. All of a sudden the chick just took off. No flop to the ground or anything goofy about the flight. As if on cue, it just took off and joined its brothers, sisters, and parents - all all of the guests from other colonies. It's like a party, but I think also for protection from hawks.

Cheers!
Birdman
GEAUX TIGERS!

Cheers!
Birdman
Martintown33
Posts: 144
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Location: Laplace,La
Martin Colony History: 21 year colony. 2 s&k modified houses and gourd rack

Yes, this is normal. The first brood in my colony fledged today.. So fun and interesting to watch. The colony will squeak and circle, while parents fly up to the entrance, in the feeding motion... but no bugs this time! They do this til the fledglings are drawn out to get food. The colony continues to circle and squawk.. this went on for about an hour... then finally, the first fledgling gets the idea, and off he goes. Mom and dad took him for a few laps around the yard. Then the second one figures it out and and off he goes too. The 2 others in this brood look like they may fly tomorrow or the next day. This day makes the worrying and the work all worth it!
Good luck to all,
Rob
dsonyay
Posts: 1327
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total.
6 fledges.

2021: 9 pair, 47 eggs
36 hatchlings
30 fledged

birdman in buckhead wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:12 pm
Yes, it's very normal and interesting! I've noticed this activity the past 3 years since I became a landlord. I've only had a house in the past, and the chicks would all come out onto the porch before taking their first flight. I put up gourds with front porches this year and I'm interested in seeing how the chicks prepare to fly with such a small area. Maybe one at a time???

I watched a chick for hours last year to see how they actually take the initial flight. It was a brood of 5 chicks, and all of the other chicks were flying, but I didn't see the initial flight. So I watched and waited for the last one standing out on the porch to fly, and that's exactly what happened. All of a sudden the chick just took off. No flop to the ground or anything goofy about the flight. As if on cue, it just took off and joined its brothers, sisters, and parents - all all of the guests from other colonies. It's like a party, but I think also for protection from hawks.

Cheers!
Birdman

I’ve been lucky a couple of times to witness forst flight. The takeoffs look good but the landings are funny to watch.
dsonyay
Posts: 1327
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:10 pm
Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total.
6 fledges.

2021: 9 pair, 47 eggs
36 hatchlings
30 fledged

C.C.Martins wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:08 am
Yes it is possible one took off, the parents will stop feeding them soon to coax them out.

They are not very good at landing when they return for the night. Painful to watch. Years ago some fledges got caught in a sudden rain, scattered like leaves did not know what was going on. They were going into any cavity they could find, one stuck his head and shoulders in a crescent and stayed there...he knew he was in the wrong spot but wanted out of the rain. Finally his tail sssssllllllloooooowwwwwwlllllllyyyyy disappeared inside.
I think I have the video still.

If you find the video, maybe upload it to youtube and send the link. Would be fun to watch
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1247
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
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
PMCA member

I'm not very high tech....no Facebook, etc....
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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