Why some Martins don't make it home.

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Doug Martin - PA
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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.

Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:02 am

Crossing the Gulf can be a very difficult task at times. Martins like to use prevailing winds to cross it.

Sometimes as they are nearing land in Texas or Louisiana after a long flight they are met with strong wind resistance. Today March 15th the map illustrates a perfect example of a dangerous crossing. I am hoping this does not affect some of our arrivals.

https://www.windy.com/?25.612,-92.021,5

Migration through the Gulf will be difficult most of this week. Then on Friday things improve drastically.

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
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Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby Dave Reynolds » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:13 pm

Doug Martin - PA wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:02 am
Crossing the Gulf can be a very difficult task at times. Martins like to use prevailing winds to cross it.

Sometimes as they are nearing land in Texas or Louisiana after a long flight they are met with strong wind resistance. Today March 15th the map illustrates a perfect example of a dangerous crossing. I am hoping this does not affect some of our arrivals.

https://www.windy.com/?25.612,-92.021,5

Migration through the Gulf will be difficult most of this week. Then on Friday things improve drastically.

Doug
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Thanks Doug .... Like the Wind Map...
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deancamp
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Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby deancamp » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:14 am

As for a lot of things, timing is everything. In some instances like this it's life or death.

Jeff

lynnh
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Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby lynnh » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:49 pm

Hey Doug, I like to think mine take the land route!

Lynn.
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
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2011 68 pair 244 fledged
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pmlover
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Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby pmlover » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:44 pm

Doug: When is the next wave
I really think they are coming March 25
thanksDick
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died

Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1827
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.

Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby Doug Martin - PA » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:56 am

Doesn't look like anything big is on the horizon like the last one Dick. But that one was a bit early. The next wave will be a bigger one for us.

Things improve next weekend but they will still trickle in the meantime from the south regardless.

It's always interesting to see each year. Sorry no MAGIC in the crystal ball to report right now. lol

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.

pmlover
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Location: OH/New Concord

Re: Why some Martins don't make it home.

Postby pmlover » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:43 pm

i love seeing your forecasts doug
I just dont want them here until after the 25th
2015 69 pairs 418 eggs 396 fledged
2019 I have 148 openings now
2016 100 pairs 600 babies fledged added another t-14 and have 126 openings now
2015 Jun 24 360 babies and 58 eggs also found one that had died
2017 632 babies 11died and 20 were killed by hawks
2015 74 pairs and 9 eggs 5/14
2010 3pairss
]JOINED PMCA JUNE 6,2018
2018 651 babies 5 hawk kills 11 floater kills 25 died in houses and 610 fledged

2014 80 pairs 283 babies 282 fledged one died


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