Central texas

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sonnya
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Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Location: Temple, Texas
Martin Colony History: New to it.

Central texas

Postby sonnya » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:37 pm

When are my birds coming back? Last year I had more birds that houses, covered with birds. I have more houses this year. Waiting.

clivia98
Posts: 115
Joined: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:14 am
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Re: Central texas

Postby clivia98 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:59 pm

Hi. I'm from South Louisiana and I'm waiting, too. Had my first birds show last year on February 6th.

Jerry

rrmartins
Posts: 1334
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Re: Central texas

Postby rrmartins » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:14 pm

I have a nine year old colony, mine show up the second week of February. We live in Round Rock. Good luck!!!
T14
2018
12 pair
53 fledged

-=DKC=-
Posts: 359
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:26 pm
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Martin Colony History: ................
2019: 11 pairs
2018: 11 pairs - 43 fledged
2017: 4 pairs - 17 fledged

Re: Central texas

Postby -=DKC=- » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:25 pm

When are my birds coming back? Last year I had more birds that houses, covered with birds. I have more houses this year. Waiting.
The scout reports here on this website tell you when Martins are usually seen all over North America. You can select the year and State to look at.

Here's last year's reports for Texas. Click the little purple dots for location around your site and you will see the dates.

https://www.purplemartin.org/research/s ... =2018&S=TX
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' till you do succeed." - Curly Howard

Sharon - Central TX
Posts: 585
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:20 pm
Location: Georgetown, TX

Re: Central texas

Postby Sharon - Central TX » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:04 am

Our first martins returned on February 5th last year, the earliest in our fifteen years. Usually they return on Valentine’s Day. We are ready and waiting although I always hope they hold off until the worst of winter is over.

Whippy
Posts: 230
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: 2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - ?

Re: Central texas

Postby Whippy » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:50 pm

Scout report showed the first reported Martin in Texas to be in Point Blank, TX which is on Lake Livingston.

2.5 hours south of DFW area and 3 hours East of Austin.

Maybe after this cold snap we will begin to see more.

Coolwhips.

C.C.Martins
Posts: 600
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.
2019- 18 pair.
Home colony: 12 natural gourds, one modified house. 18 cavities in total.
PMCA member

Re: Central texas

Postby C.C.Martins » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:22 pm

Thank you I heard birds. Where do they go? Do the arriving scouts just continue to fly to their previous nests? These certainly looked healthy to me and gave me wonder as to where they stay tonight. I had a house full last year and all were successful except one nest. I expect they will return to me, right? Along with new nesters?
Sorry for the delay clivia98;
The birds are on a mission, that is to return to the home that they know and claim their housing, re-acquaint themselves with the area and start to look for company. They travel fast during the day, the last few days the weather north is drawing winds from the gulf and they can get carried pretty far inland. They will find a place to roost at night, they know where they are going, probably not far off from where you are.
Id expect your birds to return around the same time they did last year; looks like your birds showed up Feb 8th last year. Its a long hard journey for them and its really a numbers game; first year I had 5 pair and it grew after that. Based upon numbers you should get them back just fine. your returning birds will recruit for you!
Good luck this year, its exciting when they start to return.
Tom
Tom

2016-Wanna be LL. Two lookers. nada
2017-5 pairs. 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs. 85 Fledged.
2019- 18 pair.
Offering: 12 natural gourds, w/crescents and WDC openings. 6 modified compartment house, crescents with tunnels.

sonnya
Posts: 7
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Location: Temple, Texas
Martin Colony History: New to it.

Re: Central texas

Postby sonnya » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:04 pm

Thanks for the input. I have my house up and ready just in case..Thanks


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