Bank Swallows

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Chris B
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Location: AL/Toney

Bank Swallows

Postby Chris B » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:20 pm

I still have hundreds swarming around the deep end of my pond this evening!!!

Anybody here care about these birds and/or know someone who does? I would like to know more about them as theybare my last swallows in the season. Unfortunately they do not seem too concerned about bugs, but those are mostly gone from my back yard.

Please reply or PM and we can talk. Swallow Hollow is STILL active!!!
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.

Chris B
Posts: 363
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

Re: Bank Swallows

Postby Chris B » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:22 pm

Edit: shallow end of the pond. BTW, why couldn't I edit my first post?

Eating larvae? Less fish predators (I have big fish) in the shallower water?
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.

C.C.Martins
Posts: 788
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 sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 17 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Bank Swallows

Postby C.C.Martins » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:34 pm

Gotta be after something, theres a remote pond here no obvious insects besides dragonflies but lots of swallows around it.
i think we are all swallow family fans bet if we could atttact them we would try, i know i would beautiful flyers.
Tom

2016- two visitors
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso bay preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

Chris B
Posts: 363
Joined: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Location: AL/Toney

Re: Bank Swallows

Postby Chris B » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:55 pm

So my place is a long strip of N/S grass with a pond or two on about the middle off to one side. I call it a grass airstrip, the birds call it a waystation. Sitting in the PU truck this evening with the dawgs at the north end of the strip for the sunset, I watched HUNDREDS (conservative est) of BS fly overhead going south to the pond.

My thinking is this a flyway or the BS are just passing through and getting a bath and drink on the way. Where/how do they roost around here?

Anybody that is trying to be smart on these birds has a good place to observe them here at Swallow Hollow. BTW, not trying to be Denny Crane with that saying, but there are sure a bunch around here.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.


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