Nest check 3

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GFB
Posts: 48
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:05 pm
Location: Ontario NY
Martin Colony History: I Started my first colony with my father in the late 1960's. Started building custom vinyl Martin houses last year 2018 and was successful with 10 birds fledged and it looks like several dozen birds are hanging around. Time to expand.
2018: 1 T-14 and 6 gourds. Fledged 10
2019: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds. Fledged 70

Nest check 3

Postby GFB » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:47 am

I have 2 T14 houses with 6 gourdes mounted under one of them. Being my second year I started with 15 active nests with 74 nestlings. Yesterday I noticed a male sparrow entering one of the house cavities that I knew had 5, 4 day old nestlings I lowered the house and the martin nest was completely empty with no evidence of nestlings on the ground. My question is, do sparrows remove the hatchlings and fly them off somewhere this late in the season, with lots of empty cavities that are empty that it could have chosen? I was so P.O ed OFF at that little B_ _ _ _ _ _. You should have seen that shot with a pellet gun!

C.C.Martins
Posts: 680
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
Home colony: 12 natural gourds, one modified house. 18 cavities in total.
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Re: Nest check 3

Postby C.C.Martins » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:55 am

In short, yes. It chose that cavity for whatever reason. Probably just to drive off the competitors, it wil fly away as far as it can and drop them. Goes to show that they cannot co-exist. My experience has been the subbies doing that.
Sux, sorry about your nestlings and glad you got a good shot in. I dont enjoy killing them but will do it every time i get the chance. I do enjoy a good shot though.
Tom

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 pairs. 85 Fledged.
2019-17 pair. 81 fledged.
Offering: 12 natural gourds, w/crescents and WDC openings. 6 modified compartment house, crescents with tunnels.

Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1756
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at Satilite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site

Re: Nest check 3

Postby Dave Reynolds » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:43 am

GFB ... Sorry to hear about the lose of your babies.. Indeed the Sparrows will mess with young one.. But as said before some young SY's will also remove young babies from the nest. They get upset by not having a mate and will destroy the little ones to prove his dominance..

Dave
Home Site
2019 — First pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 fledged :wink:
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2019 -- 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Hatched and 97 Fledged :wink:
2018 — 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:

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GFB
Posts: 48
Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:05 pm
Location: Ontario NY
Martin Colony History: I Started my first colony with my father in the late 1960's. Started building custom vinyl Martin houses last year 2018 and was successful with 10 birds fledged and it looks like several dozen birds are hanging around. Time to expand.
2018: 1 T-14 and 6 gourds. Fledged 10
2019: 2 T-14's and 6 gourds. Fledged 70

Re: Nest check 3

Postby GFB » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:32 pm

Dave, Now that you mentioned that SY males will mess with an existing nest with hatchlings, I did see a female chase a male with a vengeance and actually kick is butt.


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