Louisiana!!!!!!

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PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

I see a nice gentleman posted the first bird in south Louisiana on the scout arrival page! I’m gettin E X C I T E D !!!!!!
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

PMDavid wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:43 pm
I see a nice gentleman posted the first bird in south Louisiana on the scout arrival page! I’m gettin E X C I T E D !!!!!!
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PMDavid .... I’m getting Excited too... it won’t be long..
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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Glynn B - LA
Posts: 322
Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:59 pm
Location: Louisiana West Monroe

I suspect improper ID, most likely a starling.


Glynn
2019 26 pair 116 fledged
2018 20 pair 76 fledged
2017 19 pair 82 fledged
2016 13 pair 48 fledged
2015 3 pair 13 fledged
2014 1 pair 4 fledged
2013 2 pair 6 fledged
2012 0 pair
2011 0 pair

I don’t have the perfect site. One open flyway with trees within 80 ft. I do have a small pond they utilize during the heat of Summer. (2017) HEAVY HAWK PREDATION
PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Well folks I see Another dot in south/central Louisiana! I have looked back over the last few years of scout reports and it’s not uncommon to see an early bird or two some years. Ya’ll keep lookin up !
mjfog
Posts: 253
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Palm City, FL
Martin Colony History: 2018 will be my first try. 6 S&K B09s. 29 eggs - 8 fledged
2019 - 12 Troyer Horizontals with tunnels, 6 S&K B09s and 12 B011s all with tunnels. 43 eggs - 36 fledged
2020 - Rack 1 - 6 B011s, Rack 2 - 24 B011s, and Rack 3 - 24 Troyer Horizontals. All gourds have tunnels, porches and crescent/Conley 11 entrances; racks have predator guards. 161 eggs - 88 fledged

Glynn B - You have some suspect about this sighting? Why? I'm curious too. I brought this subject up with the folks in Erie last year and was satisfied with the response. Seems like they ask the right questions to see if the sighting is as real and true as can be determined.
Spiderman
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

Looks like the 1st sighting was the real deal!

Come on Texas!!!!
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

DANG YA’LL.... been workin outside and just got a chance to check scout report.....Florida is doin it to it!!
Glynn B - LA
Posts: 322
Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:59 pm
Location: Louisiana West Monroe

[quote=mjfog post_id=281975 time=1546737311 user_id=21165]
Glynn B - You have some suspect about this sighting? Why? I'm curious too. I brought this subject up with the folks in Erie last year and was satisfied with the response. Seems like they ask the right questions to see if the sighting is as real and true as can be determined.
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I suspected improper ID because of the first Louisiana posters non existing ID history and because of the area. Take a look at the second Louisiana posted siting, now she has years of ID history, she’s legit!

Glynn
2019 26 pair 116 fledged
2018 20 pair 76 fledged
2017 19 pair 82 fledged
2016 13 pair 48 fledged
2015 3 pair 13 fledged
2014 1 pair 4 fledged
2013 2 pair 6 fledged
2012 0 pair
2011 0 pair

I don’t have the perfect site. One open flyway with trees within 80 ft. I do have a small pond they utilize during the heat of Summer. (2017) HEAVY HAWK PREDATION
Conrad Baker
Posts: 358
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

It's good to see some sightings being listed ! I am close to Hester, and put my poles up today. I have to put the pine needles in the compartments, then the houses will go up. I was kinda waiting to see one or two birds before I put the houses up.
BioJoe
Posts: 133
Joined: Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:18 pm
Location: PA/Erie

both reports were vetted and deemed to be legitimate. don't worry, we're on top of it!
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Erie, PA
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

BioJoe wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:24 pm
both reports were vetted and deemed to be legitimate. don't worry, we're on top of it!
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Great to here BioJoe... They are starting to pour in now that their vacation is about over... :grin: :grin: :grin:

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Thanks joe . I hope those few that have arrived in La. found em a warm spot because we’ve got a drop in temp coming for Friday and Saturday along with some more rain. It should all be short lived though so they should fair ok. I live right in the center of the state and we (my Martin friends)usually see the first birds end of Jan.-1st week of February. Depending on the cold or lack of. I’m new to the Martin scene but fairly knowledable due to interest in biology,ornithology,self study on martins and paying close attention to all the knowledgeable people on this forum and their helpful advice. Thanks again for your follow up. David
JohnC
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:09 pm
Location: S. Ontario

We are in Gulf Shores, AL at a State Park with a large martin colony. We will be on the lookout and will report when we see them. Very cold here today, so perhaps not yet.
PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Thanks John, believe me I will be checking like 3-4 times a day. I absolutely know it’s about threee weeks out for this area yet find myself everywhere I go scouring the sky looking for pm’s. Crazy ain’t it! Keep in touch and I’ll be checking,Thanks David.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

It is surprising that the reports in Louisiana this year, are not even close to the reports in 2018.. I counted 33 reports from 1/8 to 1/31 in 2018.. There must be a large wave of Purple Marins getting ready to hit Louisiana coast soon, to get, their reports back up to last years standards...

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Hey Dave your right ,they’re a bit behind at this point. I went back and looked at 18 like you did. I hope your right about the big wave. I hope they come piling in,I’m loaded for bear around here. I’m REALLY hoping to get started this year,I feel like I’ve done everything right and am well ready this time. Hopin for the best .
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

PMDavid wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:00 pm
Hey Dave your right ,they’re a bit behind at this point. I went back and looked at 18 like you did. I hope your right about the big wave. I hope they come piling in,I’m loaded for bear around here. I’m REALLY hoping to get started this year,I feel like I’ve done everything right and am well ready this time. Hopin for the best .
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PMDavid,,,, I’ll be rooting for ya this year... Good luck and let’s get this season on the move...

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

PMCA Member
PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Thanks Dave,I promise ya, I’ll take all the rootin and luck I can get. ! I’d like to see 20-30 Pr established in the next three years. There is an old sight about a mile away at the sheriffs dept training area. The houses (wooden) have become run down and some of the poles tilted a bit,I think I’m going to go over there and offer my services towards gettin all that usable for the birds again. There are about six or seven houses along the bank the bank of a 1/4 mile long oxbow. Ideal conditions. Maybe a half mile at most from the red river. I think I’m gonna look into it ,if that can get going again it would potentially raise my numbers at my own sight at home.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

PMDavid wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:44 am
Thanks Dave,I promise ya, I’ll take all the rootin and luck I can get. ! I’d like to see 20-30 Pr established in the next three years. There is an old sight about a mile away at the sheriffs dept training area. The houses (wooden) have become run down and some of the poles tilted a bit,I think I’m going to go over there and offer my services towards gettin all that usable for the birds again. There are about six or seven houses along the bank the bank of a 1/4 mile long oxbow. Ideal conditions. Maybe a half mile at most from the red river. I think I’m gonna look into it ,if that can get going again it would potentially raise my numbers at my own sight at home.
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PMDavid -- Your are probably right.. "The more Martins in the air near you", will help your chances of getting started.. Helping where the old houses are at the Sheriffs Dept is a great idea.. Most people will except help, if presented in the right way.. Do your best.. It will work out. That's "funny" that you mentioned the word "OXBOW" bend in the river. Because that is the name of the Golf Course where I put up some houses to replace their old wooden houses.. It's my satellite site "Oxbow Golf Course" . We had great success their last year.. Good Luck
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

PMCA Member
PMDavid
Posts: 513
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Well errrbody I see on the scout report that there’s a couple more sneakers showin up! About two weeks or so and they oughta be up around central la.!!!!! They are on they’re way now!! Y’all keep lookin up.
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