1st sighting in Raceland, Louisiana

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brent
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Hi everyone,

I just witnessed my first scout sighting in Raceland, Louisiana for 2020. Just wanted you all to know. I saw at least 6 flying above my area at about 11:30 AM. I am so extremely excited! Good luck to all for a great season!!

Brent
PMDavid
Posts: 408
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.Here late in season seemed to have as many as 18 Pr of nesting birds. Huge upscale in birds from 2019. Will also have a 20 gourd satellite rack prepared for the 2021 season.

That’s GREAT Brent! I know that stokes ya up. Any of seem to be your birds? I know I’m getting excited for everyone’s returns. I’ll sure start lookin up more now. Good luck and stay in touch.
brent
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

PMDavid,

Not sure if they are my birds or not but I didn't see them later in the afternoon. I suspect they were passing through. I did open 2 compartments in case they stay around. Looking again tomorrow.

Brent
PMDavid
Posts: 408
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.Here late in season seemed to have as many as 18 Pr of nesting birds. Huge upscale in birds from 2019. Will also have a 20 gourd satellite rack prepared for the 2021 season.

Pullin for ya Brent. If they weren’t it’s still a sign of things to come. I’ve got a genitive arrival date of around 2-3 weeks and gettin excitited of what this season may bring. How bout them tigers,what a game! Let me know if you see em again or they hung around. Maybe they are headed to my house! 😂
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1881
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".

... Brent .... Great to hear they are finding their way back home .... Good luck ... this season .... Keep us posted .....

Dave
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, 4 fledged. :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 and 137 Fledged. :wink:

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brent
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Hey PMDavid,

I think they were passing through. Last year my first overnighter came in on January 31st. I'll see more, some curious that will circle but fly off and others that will just fly over. It's been really foggy so I haven't seen too much activity in the morning. There are a lot of bugs for them, though. The weather has been warm and the bugs are plenty.

Dave...thanks. Good luck to you, too.

I'll keep you all posted.

Brent
K_Adams
Posts: 64
Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:48 am
Location: Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Home Site 2015 & 2016 2 pairs, 2017 3 pairs
Public Park Site 2016 1 pair, 2017 28 pairs
Starting Middle School Site 1/2018, 12 gourds
Starting Elementary School Site 1/2018, 12 gourds

1/2017 Purple Martin Article in Baton Rouge Audubon Society's Newsletter
4/2017 Guest speaker at St. Bernard Bird Festival
5/2017 Purple Martin Article in Livingston Parish Newspaper
1/2018 Article to be included in PMCA Quarterly Magazine

It's always exciting to see them for the first time. I am in Denham Springs, LA and saw several flying around my colony at North Park on 12/29. Crazy early. I've seen them again on another day; however, have not seen them on the gourd racks. I plan to spend time this weekend at the park and will be looking for them high in the sky!

Krista Adams
Conrad Baker
Posts: 324
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

I haven't seen any yet. Should be any day now. Looking skyward....
Conrad Baker
Posts: 324
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:43 pm
Location: Paulina, Louisiana

Still no sightings yet. Unless they are arriving after dark and leaving before daylight, both of which I doubt.
brent
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

I haven't seen any since the sighting on the 13th. I've been looking too. Humm I just expect to see my birds at the house any day now. I'll let you know.
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