John James Audobon

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Posts: 776
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

I went to a museum this weekend and one of the paintings was by John Audubon. After a Google search when I returned home, I saw that he compiled allot of his bird pictures in a book titled "Birds of America".

With Google you can actually pull the book up online on an IPad or Laptop for free.

On page 170 he talks about Purple Martins and everyone including the Indians built houses for them every year. He stated people felt Martins were Good Luck and wanted them around their homes and businesses. He discusses when Martins would arrive in different states and he knew they left the United States when they migrated, but he did not know where they went.

While these entries in his book were from 198 years ago. The similarities to Martin's today was interesting. I encourage each of you to read about his writings on Purple Martins, as time permits.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
Dave Duit
Posts: 1665
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2019, 54 pair with 218 fledged youngsters. 83 total compartments available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit and join.

I checked it out and I want to thank you for this post. Very interesting and enjoyable.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1863
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

..... Spiderman ... Thank for the information... Will check it out....

Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, ... :wink:

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies. ... :wink:

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Al Denton
Posts: 1465
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 7:31 pm
Location: Carolina Shores NC
Martin Colony History: New site and housing for 2018...Trendsetter 12. 1 pair of subs. Fledged 5...2019...11 pairs

Thanks for posting that. I have the Audubon Purple Martin print No. Pl. 45. I brought it matted and framed on Amazon last year. It hangs in the living area and I enjoy it almost everyday.
2018-new site...1 pair
2019-11 pairs
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