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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1303
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
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just have to share: iv been flipping crickets every evening, chicks are getting bigger now so the martins are taking the food in.
There's one ASY who has started watching close from his porch, as soon as I raise the spoon he launches and grabs the cricket, he comes so close I can hear his wings. He hovers in front of me so I give it a short flick and he grabs it and brings it back sometimes two at a time. He comes out and waits to do it all over. If he misses I make sure to wait for his next pass.
The females get in the game now too but its the subbies that are most aggressive, however give ground to the ASYs.
Its very rewarding to know they are feeding the chicks, and are accepting. I should have done this years ago.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
brent
Posts: 501
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

How long did it take before they took the crickets? Are they live crickets? What size and where did you get them?
Brent
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1303
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
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Brent,
took a few days for them to go after them, the grackles cleaned house. But one looked good enough to eat. I kept shooting them in the same flight path, i stand about 30 feet from the gourds and flip up and parallel to them. My neighbors martins get in the game too but when we try flipping at his rack they show no interest...yet they will fly over to my place to investigate.

I freeze them first but you know you may have something there, maybe flipping live crickets will get them started faster. I freeze them and thaw them out in warm water. drain and flip. One or two at a time.

Fluker farms is the place to go, 3/4 inch.

get the DQ spoons...I call them the john barrow special, they work great.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
Martintown33
Posts: 171
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

That’s awesome that you got them trained to take tossed crickets, Tom. Wish mine would take them, but there is just such an abundance of dragon flies here in tropical se Louisiana, mine are fat and full, and show no interest. Definitely will try again next February, when food isn’t so available.. congrats on your success! Must feel great knowing they are trained to take crickets in times when insects arent available.
Rob
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1303
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

Rob,
Its fun now, in feb it will be deadly serious and hope they remember. Dragonflies are just now starting to go in, we don't have near as much water available as you guys, glad they can enjoy the feast!
Hope the storm doesn't affect you.
Tom
Tom
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Martintown33
Posts: 171
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

I hope they remember too, Tom. Storm is passing through now and tonight. Lowered the house. But just saw the coolest thing. My first family that fledged last week, has been roosting in trees to sleep, as they normally do several days after fledging. They’ve been visiting the colony in the a.m. But the family just showed up in the wind and rain to take shelter for the night in their old compartment. 21 years at this, and that’s the first time I’ve seen this. I know its them, because the mom of that family is the one with the squeaky unusual chirp, that i posted about 3 weeks ago... very cool to see!
Rob
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1303
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
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They know they are safe, pretty cool!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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