My Season Has Started

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Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Around noon today, I was walking from our office to the kitchen where I stopped at the window to count the decoys on my pole out on my swim dock. This is a habit I have gotten into the past few days. I counted four. Not right; I only have three decoys. I re-counted and again came up with four. I had an ASY male sitting on one my perches. He flew over to my gourd rack where I was able to get a pic of him before he took off and just started circling overhead. I lowered the housing and opened up half of the cavities on the poles.

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My first year, my first martin arrived on March 29. Last year, my first scout arrived on March 9. This year, my first scout on Feb. 19. Each subsequent year has been about three weeks earlier. Hopefully this is the earliest I will see any of my scouts in the future. Now, if he will just go out and find some of his colony-mates from last season.

With the arrival of my first scout, I get to change my avatar from a fish to a martin. My wish for this season is for the martins to be plentiful and the hawks to be slow and blind.

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
Julio
Posts: 876
Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:37 am
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Tim that is one great photo, and congrats :)
"We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals." - Immanual Kant.

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The Olsons
Posts: 3200
Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:57 pm
Location: North Padre Island, TX

Tim,

I am very happy for you that you have your first martin back...congratulations :lol: :lol: :lol: I also wish you a season with lots of martins and no hawks or for them to be slow and blind!!!!!

I am officially back on hawk patrol and last night he was right across from the canal watching the martins as they were ready to come in for the night. I do not know what spooked him at the end to make him leave, but fortunately he took off in the opposite direction.....

Wishing you a great season at a great site :lol: 8) :lol: 8)

Astrid
Love it or leave it~~~Astrid :-)
Steve Kroenke
Posts: 4342
Joined: Fri Nov 28, 2003 6:49 pm
Location: Louisiana/Logansport

Hey Tim,

I just had a feeling you would be reporting in soon with a martin return! That is great news! Your season has begun and thanks for sharing that beautiful photo with us.

Steve
Al Denton
Posts: 1465
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:31 pm
Location: Carolina Shores NC
Martin Colony History: New site and housing for 2018...Trendsetter 12. 1 pair of subs. Fledged 5...2019...11 pairs

Two thumbs up Tim 8)
2018-new site...1 pair
2019-11 pairs
Dawn~KS
Posts: 95
Joined: Thu May 31, 2007 2:24 pm
Location: Kansas

Big congratulations, Tim!! :grin: :grin: :grin: I hope this season is the best one yet!! I bet you have more if not by tonight, then tomorrow!! Enjoy!!
John Barrow
Posts: 948
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 4:12 pm
Location: Corpus Christi / Sandia , Texas

Hi Tim. I can feel the excitement in the air in Hot Springs. Congratulations. I know you are liking the early start date. It will give him a lot of time to recruit a large number of his kind, and to help fill your nice systems.

Have a great season!!!!!
~~TEAMED WITH A MARTIN GODDESS~~

Member/Mentor-PMCA. I do regular nestchecks and participate in PROJECT MARTINWATCH!! Coordinated 3 geolocator studies-2009, 2010 & 2013. State and Fed licensed bander (retired Jan., 2020)
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Julio, Astrid, Al and Dawn, thanks for the replies. Dawn, right after I took this picture, I went for my afternoon walk and I had not gone the road two houses when I saw a hawk sitting on pole wires. I know I have them here; just not what I wanted to see after seeing my first scout of the season.
Tim

JB:

Your right. I think in terms of "my" martins from last year returning. He sure acted like he knew what he was doing of each of my poles so I am hoping he is one of mine from last year. He has plenty of time to go out and recruit some other scouts and I have plenty of room for them this season.
Tim

Steve:

Its funny; I had just finished hitting the send button on a message to you telling you I did not have any scouts yet and it was still too early. I got up to go into the kitchen and that is when I saw him; three weeks earlier than last year. Sure hope our weather holds.

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
Matt F.
Posts: 3903
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Great photo Tim!

Congratulations!!!!
zoefluf
Posts: 586
Joined: Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:51 pm
Location: Bush, Louisiana

Tim,

I can't believe your Martins are back so soon!! I know you must have been jumping up and down with joy. Your wife was probably rolling her eyes, right?

I told you I was tight with the Big Guy. I prayed for your Martins, too.

By the way, I really miss the fish. He was so YOU! :wink:
Jeanne
"Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap, yet your heavenly Father feeds them."
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Thanks Matt and Jeanne. Jeanne, my wife was at work when I saw my scout. I did send her an e-mail advising her that "our" first martin had arrived. Well, she has been home from work for a couple of hours and she has yet to acknowledge my e-mail or mention the scout. :evil:

Sorry, my crappie avatar is gone till August. My next avatar change will be when they start bringing in leaves to the nest for the eggs. Call me strange, but I enjoy using the avatars to show what stage of the season I am in with my martins.

How many martins are you up to now?

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
klcretired
Posts: 2174
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2003 3:06 am
Location: Grand Prairie,Tx

Tim,
great photo, and congrats on your martins, today i have a total of 8 martins now as of tuesday 2/18/08..
Pictures Taken with Canon Rebel XT Digital using a Sigma 50-500 Long Lens.

Wishing everyone a Great Martin Year
Happy Martining for 2020 to everyone,

K.C.

klcretired@tx.rr.com
Joe Levins
Posts: 226
Joined: Sat Dec 11, 2004 7:56 pm
Location: Alabama/Wetumpka

Congrats Tim, thanks for sharing the photo. Number 32 is an excellent looking gourd. Hope you have a good year.
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Ken:

Your season is off to a good start. We have some bad weather coming in tomorrow. It is only suppose to be a high of 38 with rain for a couple of days. My lone scout fed real good yesterday and with the 50's predicted for today, he should get in another good day of feeding before the wintry weather hits. Only suppose to last a couple of days, so hopefully he will be okay.
Tim

Joe:

I have 23 more Troyer tunneled gourds just like #32 on this rack. Plenty of room for growth this season. I did paint the insidea dark brown on six of these gourds on this rack. Want to see if there is any preference in gourds taken with the returning "adults" between the inside being white vs. brown.

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

:grin: Great to here that your martins are starting to come in Tim. I'm sure that you will have a great season.
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

James:

I know your day is coming when you will look out at your housing and see a martin or two sitting there. Hang in there; it will happen.

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

:grin: Thanks Tim I know it will happen just like you, I will look out and there they will be.
Guest

Well Mister Tim I see you have beaten me this year>>>>>>>>>>My first has come on March 2nd the last two years.I have added 16 natureline gourds this year.Last year I fledged over 100 and it was only my second year.I have a total of 32 naturelines and a T-14 that I am hoping to fill this year.
Tim Mangan-Kansas
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Kansas, Pittsburg
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

Mr. Lodi:

Good to hear from a fellow Arkansan! Your profile says you have 10 pair. I suspect that is from your first year since you fledged over 100 last year. Those are great 2nd year numbers; you must have a very attractive site. With this cold weather we are having, I wish my lone scout would have waited till March 2 to arrive. Have a great season.

Tim
Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
Guest

Congratulations Tim! This is probably the more normal time you will start seeing your first scout (since your colony is established). Sure hope you have a great season.
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