No Longer a Wannabe Landlord

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Mitch Booth
Posts: 478
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 -

Well gang its been a super busy year for me and I haven't had much time to spend on The Forum, but I'm certain I've finally gotten out of the Wannabe Club. It was very exciting having 10-12 martins around at all times this year. I had a few SY males that just couldn't attract a mate but I'm super thrilled with 4 pair and 19 fledglings, considering my past attempts. I don't plan on changing anything and all through August I had literally hundreds of birds circling the gourds every evening (just prior to them going to their pre-migratory roost) and noticed a few birds entering the gourds to spend the night. They were either the adults or young birds because the gourds they darted into were the ones that previously fledged birds a week or so earlier. I have a total of 36 gourds on the house side of the pond and and a T-14 with 4 gourds hanging below on the far side of pond close to the tree line. I don't anticipate much action in the original T-14 (not placed correctly) but wouldn't be a bit surprised to have 10-12 pair in the 3 gourds racks in front of the house

I can't wait until April 2019!!!

Mitch
2020 -
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1873
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".

Mitch ..,, So great to hear that you are out of the Wannabe club.. And it sounds like you have had a great first year.. This also was my first year, to have martins, but it was at my Satilite Site out at the Golf Course.. I think I’m out of the club also.. Hopeing you much more success in 2019..

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:

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:

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Dale D
Posts: 329
Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:11 am
Location: Orlando, Fl
Martin Colony History: Landlord since 2004

Congratulations, on your success!
Orlando, FL Landlord since 2004
Offer 42 Cavities Total
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2919
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Congrats and hopefully your numbers really shoot up next year.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
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.
C.C.Martins
Posts: 802
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- 25 pair. 111 fledged
Home colony: mix natural gourds, house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
PMCA member

Mitch, congrats; very nice. No reason your numbers wont improve this next year; wish you a safe, productive Martin season next year!
Tom
PMCA member, believer in SREH and predator protection.
Mitch Booth
Posts: 478
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 -

Thanks everyone! I can't hardly wait for April 2019 as I'm confident I'll finally get some returning birds with 4 pair all successfully fledgling young.

Hard to believe in about 12 weeks they'll start returning to the US!!

Mitch
2020 -
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
Dave Duit
Posts: 1685
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
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.

Mithc,
Congrats on your graduation to being a landlord. It takes a lot of time, but it finally paid off. It is a great feeling to have martins.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
MarkinMn
Posts: 41
Joined: Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:35 pm
Location: MN/Foley

....Congrats Mitch.....guess I can get off the wannabe list also, with 9 pair, and 36 fledge this year...I think that I worry more now that I have them, than I did just trying to get them (took 20+ years)..I'm surrounded by woods and I am always hearing owls hooting all the time....maybe the nitelights that I installed on each of the houses kept them away this year....anyhow...congrats again Mitch....and best of luck next year.......mrk
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2919
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Congrats again Mitch. I am hoping you double or more your numbers next year.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
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.
Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Great to hear Mitch. Congratulations. It's only a matter of time once you do things right. You just don't know how much time though. Years come and go fast. Patience is a virtue.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
Mitch Booth
Posts: 478
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 -

flyin-lowe wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Congrats again Mitch. I am hoping you double or more your numbers next year.
Yes I'm hoping for 10 pair next year! This year was a thrill having 10-12 birds there at all times. I've only ever had 1 pair the previous times I had them and was able to keep tract of all the activity just having one pair to watch.

Mitch
2020 -
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

You will likely have a later start next season in April than the older colonies but you will really get going in May.

So remember to not be concerned early on. A newer colony is on a much later timetable for a few years. Then they will be fighting to get in there early and you will have quite a gang to care for. You will need to get them trained to supplemental feed in bad weather.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1873
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".

Doug Martin - PA wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:17 am
You will likely have a later start next season in April than the older colonies but you will really get going in May.

So remember to not be concerned early on. A newer colony is on a much later timetable for a few years. Then they will be fighting to get in there early and you will have quite a gang to care for. You will need to get them trained to supplemental feed in bad weather.

Doug
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Doug,, This was my first year as a landlord. Many of the older colonies in my area, get their first birds back around middle of March.. My first ones were here about one month later, (Middle April).. Since it was my first year, with 15 pair, can I also expect my colony’s first arrivals next year to be still on the same time table.? around middle April. When do you think my first arrivals will start coming earlier.. ?? After four or five years. Do your think it is to early to expand my colony from 16 rooms to 32 rooms, I have already bought two new houses and gourds for the expansion..

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:

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:

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flyin-lowe
Posts: 2919
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Mitch Booth wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:16 pm
flyin-lowe wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Congrats again Mitch. I am hoping you double or more your numbers next year.
Yes I'm hoping for 10 pair next year! This year was a thrill having 10-12 birds there at all times. I've only ever had 1 pair the previous times I had them and was able to keep tract of all the activity just having one pair to watch.

Mitch
It is not uncommon at all in this part of the country to double your numbers each year the first few years. This last time I went from 4 to 15. Im going to either build another T14 or add another gourd rack over the winter. Right now I have 34 cavities available and want to add on a little. I don't think Ill get over 30 pair next year but I want to be ready.....
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
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.
sugarcreek
Posts: 215
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

You may be surprised, take care of them and they will come in bunches.
We went from 4 pair to 14 pair to 42 pair in 3 yrs
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
tor
Posts: 220
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

Good news, Mitch. Hopefully your count will increase even more next year :-)
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 hatched as of last nest check.
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

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Dave Duit
Posts: 1685
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
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.

Now that you are out of the wannabe club, it will be your duty to help those left behind in the wannabe club. Just kidding. But, those that do get martins can give great encouragement to those still looking to start their own colonies. Best of martin landlording my friend.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Mitch Booth
Posts: 478
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 -

No doubt about that! I struggled for 7 years with limited success and ended moving a few poles and a few trees and everything came together much better. I would love to help anyone that needs it!!

Mitch
2020 -
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
lynnh
Posts: 389
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

congratulations Mitch, keep on keeping on!
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
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