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T-Bird
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First year landlord, and now anxiously awaiting babies!! :grin:
Whippy
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Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

Well I guess that's what happens when you're told to stay inside. :lol:

On a side note. My first ever pair was a real trip. The stuff I found in their nest as nesting material was crazy. They had a zip tie, a twisty tie, a ticket stub, and all kinds of weird stuff. Your nest in the photo reminded me of that. I also recognize those pine needles.

Congrats on the eggs. Looking forward to seeing the babies.

Keep an eye on them and send photos.

Coolwhips
T-Bird
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Whippy wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 12:21 am
Well I guess that's what happens when you're told to stay inside. :lol:

On a side note. My first ever pair was a real trip. The stuff I found in their nest as nesting material was crazy. They had a zip tie, a twisty tie, a ticket stub, and all kinds of weird stuff. Your nest in the photo reminded me of that. I also recognize those pine needles.

Congrats on the eggs. Looking forward to seeing the babies.

Keep an eye on them and send photos.

Coolwhips
Thanks Whip, will do !!
rrmartins
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Crazy birds, lol!!! Congrats on your first pair. I always help my SY martins out a little trying to ensure success. I would help them build a little better nest, put some leaves under the eggs and build the nest up a little to keep them together, so they don’t roll around, they won’t mind the help. I’ve been doing that for about six years now and it seems to work.
Good luck!!!
2019
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7 pair
25 fledged
Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi T-Bird,
The SY young pairs will sometimes make shotty nests with little effort. You will see nests of SY pair with a single egg. The older ASY pairs will sometimes make very well constructed nests and some include mud dams near the front of the nest. I suppose as they age they get better at nest building.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Kegger
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Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

Congrats on your pair and the eggs to follow T-bird 8)
T-Bird
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Well, 2 eggs quickly turned to 4. And after checking the nest just a couple of days ago to still find eggs, I checked again today, and wouldn’t you know? 😀

Very exciting times!
Whippy
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Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged

That is great.

It is interesting though. Those guys are just a couple of days old and I have 4 or 6 gourds about to fledge and we are 20 minutes apart as the crow flies.

Coolwhips.
white-out
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Congrats!
T-Bird
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Nest check 6/22/20.
Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi T bird. Those are some great pics. Just remeber to not do nest checks when the babies are 20 days old or older. After 20 days of age, you run the risk of the babies trying to fledge too early and it is very hard to get them to stay in a cavity once they have jumped out. Take a look on the PMCA website as to what a 20 day old would look like.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
T-Bird
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Dave Duit wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:25 pm
Hi T bird. Those are some great pics. Just remeber to not do nest checks when the babies are 20 days old or older. After 20 days of age, you run the risk of the babies trying to fledge too early and it is very hard to get them to stay in a cavity once they have jumped out. Take a look on the PMCA website as to what a 20 day old would look like.
Thank you for bringing that up. As a first time landlord, I hadn’t thought of that, but makes perfect sense.
Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi T-bird. You are welcome. It always feels good to help someone out.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
TheSmiths
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Location: Western KY
Martin Colony History:

Tried to attract PMs since 2004; began a more ernest attempt in 2014.

2018 — 3 pairs: 1 ASY pair & 1 SY pair in the Trio; 1 SY pair in a supergourd on the gourd multi-rack.

2019 — 6 pairs

2020 — In progress

Current housing consists of two modified Trio M12Ks at 20' and a round gourd rack at 20'.

We've also provided housing for bluebirds, Carolina wrens, house wrens, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, great-crested flycatchers and northern flickers for ~15 years.

If that is a piece of landscape fabric, aka weed cloth, and it is still in the nest I'd recommend removing it. It tends to unravel and can get wrapped around toes, wings, and legs.
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