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Dave Duit
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Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Hi Rob,
Welcome to the website and association. A bunch of friendly people here with tons of good info and insights. Love the pictures, thanks for sharing.
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Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Robert
Posts: 67
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:49 am
Location: Columbia , South Carolina

Hi Rob and welcome to PMCA and it’s forum , looks like you have done your homework on purple martins , nice set up it looks great with open flyaways , it looks like you have two females and one male good luck to you I hope you have a great season .
Robert , South Carolina
PMCA member
40 year PM landlord
2018 season
21 pairs 107 eggs 99 fledged
2019 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 105 fledged
2020 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 72 fledged
2021
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

I would turn the audio off and put some predator guards on your poles, I think your on your way!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
steger424
Posts: 28
Joined: Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:43 pm
Location: Timmonsville SC

That looks awesome! I hope one day i can upgrade my telescopic pole to the one you have. How tall is that pole, it might just be the phot but looks very short.

I also have been playing the songs and trying to get a pair to stay. Good Luck!
flyin-lowe
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Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Welcome fellow Hoosier. I am from down just south of Muncie. Looks like you purchased a quality set up and have a nice location. You will get different opinions on turning off the audio. I am one who used to play the dawnsong every morning but once I started getting regular visitors I would turn it off. I feel that nothing can do better then the real thing, and I have also witnessed a martin at my old colony that was either confused or infatuated with it. At that place I had a CD player alarm clock that set under the eave of my barn wrapped in a trash bag to help keep it dry. One martin would just constantly swoop at it, land and flutter on it, etc. the entire time it was playing. As soon as I turned it off he would go back about his normal business. If those ASY martins you have there stick around and look like they are going to nest I would leave the audio off. If they just happen to be stopping by to get some rest before they head further north then I would turn it back on once they leave.
2021.................HOSP count-5
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.
deancamp
Posts: 553
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Great set up Rob. You are lucky to have Martin action so quick. My take on the dawn song is to play it until it is apparent they are going to stay or you can see they are uncomfortable with it or turn it off when they're there and back on when they leave. It looks like they might stay, but if they don't, you don't want to miss out on drawing others in. Watch the birds they will tell you. I agree that Martins can attract Martins better than anything else. You will know alot more in a few days. I wish you luck.
deancamp
Posts: 553
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I don't think those ASY ( after second year) birds are just passing through. I think of passing through as spending the night and then moving on, weather permitting. Did the Martins land on your gutter all season long? If so I would say there has to be a colony near you. Sorry, I can't help with the raised platform.
deancamp
Posts: 553
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I don't know what the Martins home range might be. Someone more knowledgable than me will have to answer to that, but 5 miles doesn't seem that far for them.
Robert
Posts: 67
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:49 am
Location: Columbia , South Carolina

Rob I have two platforms I made each at 6 feet high one 12 by 12 for crushed egg and oyster shells and the other is 12 by 24 for nesting material . Both are about fifteen feet from the gourd rack and the martins love them.
Robert , South Carolina
PMCA member
40 year PM landlord
2018 season
21 pairs 107 eggs 99 fledged
2019 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 105 fledged
2020 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 72 fledged
2021
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3072
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

I have never read anything about feeding platforms and distance. I have a perching station with feeding platform, a gourd rack, and 2 T 14's. I space each of them about 12 feet apart. All are evenly spaced and I wanted enough that if everything was lowered I could still get my large mower between them. I don't think there is a concern about it being too close or too far away.
2021.................HOSP count-5
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.
rrmartins
Posts: 1435
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:04 am
Location: Round Rock, TX

Rafke77 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:41 pm
rrmartins wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:16 pm
I would turn the audio off and put some predator guards on your poles, I think your on your way!!
Thank you! And I purchased the guard with the setup, I just couldn't fit in the previous pictures.
let the audio play only at certain times?
Nice to see the guard on there. If you’re still seeing birds daily you no longer need the audio playing. The martins will do a much better job naturally. Good luck!!!
2020
T14
7 pair
25 fledged
Robert
Posts: 67
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:49 am
Location: Columbia , South Carolina

Rob the only time I’ve had other birds on the platform was if I put mealworms or crickets out then I’d have a robin or mockingbird visit it however they never have bothered my purple Martins , the martins would wait for their turn when I had just crushed oyster or eggshells the other birds didn’t bother going on the platforms , that’s just what I’ve experienced , someone else may have had a different experience than I.
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Robert , South Carolina
PMCA member
40 year PM landlord
2018 season
21 pairs 107 eggs 99 fledged
2019 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 105 fledged
2020 season
23 pairs 122 eggs 72 fledged
2021
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3072
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

So far I haven't had too much wind. My two T 14's are on 3 1/2 inch poles so they don't budge. I lower my AAA gourd rack when heavy storms are forecasted. I live in the country where there always seems to be a little windy.
2021.................HOSP count-5
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.
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