SY M Arrives in central PA

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SY M Arrives in central PA

Postby ToyinPA » Fri May 17, 2019 9:56 am

An SY Male arrived at 10:15 AM this morning. Right on schedule compared to previous years.

I currently have 7 or 8 ASY Males. 1 ASY Males (#8) comes & goes. I hope he finds a mate & eventually stays. I have 2 ASY Females & 3 SY Females. I had 4 other ASY Females, for a few days, then they moved on north.

Last nest check 2 days ago showed 4 nests built so far. The 3rd SY Female arrived yesterday. 3 ASY Males sang their hearts out for her. She is paired now, so they will be nest building soon.

We've had a cold wet April & May to date. It's to warm up now, but the forecast keeps calling for passing rain & storms with few rain free days. Almost a repeat of last spring.

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Re: SY M Arrives in central PA

Postby Dave Duit » Fri May 17, 2019 10:12 am

Congrats on the sy male. The weather seems to be especially wet this year.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

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Re: SY M Arrives in central PA

Postby flyin-lowe » Fri May 17, 2019 6:36 pm

Glad to hear. I feel like the SY's are a little behind this year, I am hoping for a big wave of them but only have a couple so far.
2019- Currently 31 complete nests (27 with eggs or babies) 94 babies hatched and 19 eggs still to hatch) 6-22-19
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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