Lawn mower

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Tengai
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Joined: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:36 am
Location: Townsend, DE
Martin Colony History: 2017 first year

Lawn mower

Postby Tengai » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:53 pm

Had a first
While cutting the grass I usually have TS barn swallows following me picking off the bugs I kicked up. Well tonight I had a few martins doing the same. Never have then done it. This year or last.
They were flying pretty low not their usual higher up.
Phil
Townsend DE

Dave Duit
Posts: 1282
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: state:Iowa / town:Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2017, 54 pair with 202 fledged youngsters. 73 total compartments available, 48 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.

Re: Lawn mower

Postby Dave Duit » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:25 pm

I guess when opportunity knocks they will take advantage of the offer of bugs.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

Hanover Bill
Posts: 544
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Re: Lawn mower

Postby Hanover Bill » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:48 am

I always have a large following of Barn Swallows following me when I am mowing my big field behind the housing, it is a feeding frenzy. From time to time the Martins will join in on the action.

Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

flyin-lowe
Posts: 2322
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: Lawn mower

Postby flyin-lowe » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:43 pm

At my old colony I never had this happen, only barn swallows and tree swallows. This year and last year I had martins also taking the bugs near the mower. I only noticed it when they are feeding young. Before they hatch and as they are fledging young I think they just feed as normal.
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.

Dave Duit
Posts: 1282
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: state:Iowa / town:Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2017, 54 pair with 202 fledged youngsters. 73 total compartments available, 48 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.

Re: Lawn mower

Postby Dave Duit » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:44 pm

Years ago I has a neighbor lady frantically in panic due to martins swarming near her. I went investigate her distress. Her husband had accidentally mowed off the top of a flying ant nest releasing thousands into the air and she just happened to be nearby. The martins were eating the flying ants and not dive bombing her. I explained what the martins were doing and she quickly decided martins were now her best pals and saviors. Within 15 minutes there were no flying ants to be found in her yard.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

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

Re: Lawn mower

Postby Chris B » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:21 am

I have a lot of grass to mow also (airstrip) and the barnies are usually there with me. This miserable cold nasty spring there were no bugs to be had and I had scouts. I mowed the strip even though it didn't need it just to stir up bugs in the grass. I was amazed to see those B-52 size scout Martins down there at low level like the barnies, but they had to eat!!!
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. Cold spring!

Anthony Neira
Posts: 1252
Joined: Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:12 pm
Location: San Antonio /Texas
Martin Colony History: Started in 1992 From neighbors old 1950-60's colonies. Have 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 4 MPP Poles, 12 Troyer Horizontals , 2 Troyer Verticals + 2 S&K 11" WITH Troyer Tunnels ready for 2017 Season !! Going to see about installing Extra Troyer Horizontal UNDER EACH House & above Gourd rack.

Re: Lawn mower

Postby Anthony Neira » Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:22 pm

:-( Like Charlie Brown always getting the Rock, we get GRACKLES, instead of PMs, following us as we cut the grass ! :-( :lol:
PMCA Member, 8 Trio 6 Room Houses, 12 Troyer Horizontals + Tunnels, 2 Troyer Verticals, & 2 S&K Bo 11"s WITH Troyer Tunnels !! 4 MPPs, For 2017 Season !! :grin: Going to see about installing EXTRA Troyer Horz. UNDER Each Trio House & ABOVE Gourd Rack !! :grin: :wink: Started in 1992 from Older '50-'60s Colonies.

I heart birds
Posts: 501
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: Will always be a wanna be landlord, martins or not!
2016- Two lookers-No takers.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.

Oso Bay Preserve Satellite Location (Trio Mini)
2018-ASY visitor pair.

Firm believer in SREH, enlarged compartments, bug control, predator guards, heat insulation and venting.

PMCA member

Re: Lawn mower

Postby I heart birds » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:43 pm

Haha! yep, no end of them. about as exotic as south texas gets. thank the good lord they dont compete with martins, we'd be through!
Tom

2016-Wanna be LL. Two lookers. nada
2017-5 pairs. 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs. 85 Fledged.


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