Bad Storm = Bad Damage

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Kyler
Posts: 870
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:15 pm
Location: Colby, Kansas
Martin Colony History: The Purple Martin Population Is Very Slim In Northwest Kansas. Before adding additional housing I’m trying to get 100% occupancy. Studying different entrances and larger compartments. Heat tests have been started in 2017. Trying to make a cooler compartment.

PMCA Member - Project MartinWatch - Enlarged Compartments - SREH - S&S Control - Mite Control - Predator Guards - Heat Control ( Vents and Insulation ) - Supplemental Feeding -

Manage 8 Colonies that consist of 250 Cavities in Colby Kansas. These colonies have been going for years. I’m just displaying 2019 pairs

Offer 78 Cavities Main Site
2019 28 Pair
Offer 12 Cavities Golf Course
2019 0 Pair
Offer 30 Cavities Grandpa’s Public Site
2019 7 Pair
Offer 28 Cavities Grandpa’s Site
2019 Not Sure Yet
Offer 12 Cavities Homeowners Site
2019 3 Pair
Offer 48 Cavities Homeowners Site
2019 8 Pair
Offer 6 Cavities Home Site (First Year)
2019 0 Pair
Offer 36 Cavties Homeowners Site (First Year)
2019 4 Pair

Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Kyler » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:10 pm

Was not expecting this when I woke up this morning. One plus is all my martins have been gone for a couple weeks now. But it still doesn’t make it better. One house completely came down and every other pole is bent in some way. I guess I will be buying all brand new poles for next season!

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Kyler,
Purple Martin Landlords of Northwest KS
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9HDLGlbCmSYcSExIySwUQA

Main Site:
2013 - 0 Pair
2014 - 1 Pair - 4 Eggs - 3 Hatched - 3 Fledged -
2015 - 0 Pair -
2016 - 5 Pair - 27 Eggs - 24 Hatched - 13 Fledged -
2017 - 18 Pair - 102 Eggs - 78 Hatched - 69 Fledged -
2018 - 22 Pair - 115 Eggs - 92 Hatched - 86 Fledged -
(Moved Housing 300 Yards)
2019 - 28 Pair - 143 Eggs - 131 Hatched - 125 Fledged -
2020 - ??

jpp77
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Location: Lawrence, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 - 1 pair, not successful (Sparrows)
2016 - 1 pair, 4 young
2017 - 5 pair, 23 young
2018 - 8 pair, 40 young, two deaths most likely due to heat.
2019 - 18 pair, 71 eggs

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby jpp77 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:17 pm

Damn. That's rough. Glad your birds where gone, but still.

C.C.Martins
Posts: 657
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.
PMCA member

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby C.C.Martins » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:35 pm

Glad they were gone! Thats a tough sight though Kyler. Looks like that square pole did ok? It never ends in this business.
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: 1742
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: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Dave Reynolds » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:08 pm

... Kyler. ... Sure hate to see that... That was a lot of work to get your colony started... So glad they were gone for the year.. Good luck on your repairs...

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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flyin-lowe
Posts: 2625
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby flyin-lowe » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:29 pm

I hate to see that. I am sometimes amazed at some of those house/pole set ups in my area that appear to be pretty old and still standing straight. They are obviously neglected but even though the houses are light the poles seem pretty small.
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.

Rafke77
Posts: 128
Joined: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:35 am
Location: Plymouth, IN.
Martin Colony History: 2019 10 pair, 24 fledged.

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Rafke77 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:17 pm

Ouch! I hope you can get things repaired quick and cheap!
2019 10 pair, 47 eggs, 24 fledged.

daveh
Posts: 623
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:40 am
Location: Kingsville Mo.

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby daveh » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:22 pm

Kyler, sorry to hear and see this. I've been thru bent trio poles in the past several times. I eventually bought new poles for my castle and minicastle and placed pipe or conduit inside them. They became pretty heavy duty. I did that six or seven years ago and haven't had any problems. But I still try to lower my houses before storms if possible. This year I lowered all seven houses and gourds 3-5 feet for the entire season. It seem like we were getting storms every day so I left them down. I don't think the birds noticed that much. They were happy. Hope you get it all put back together the way you want it. Those poles are not cheap. Good luck.

Dave
PMCA member

Kuemic
Posts: 166
Joined: Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:17 pm
Location: Topeka, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 1 SY pair, 2 eggs destroyed by sparrow
2016 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged
2017 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatchlings, 5 fledged; 1 SY pair, 4 eggs not incubated
2018 daily visitors but no takers
2019 1 SY pair, 4 eggs, 2 destroyed by House Wren, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged

Re: Bad Storm = Bad Damage

Postby Kuemic » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39 am

So sorry Kyler! Bad week for Kansas storms. How did you all fare on Tuesday evening? We were in the RV on our annual Colorado trip and had to shelter in place at the Oakley truck stop to ride out 70mph winds, that had just passed through Colby area.

Know you just moved your houses too. Good luck with repairs and new equipment, keep everyone updated on your progress, we’re all impressed with your dedication!
Michelle in Topeka


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