1 martin keeps returning

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Ron Alsop
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Joined: Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:37 pm
Location: PA/Penn Run
Martin Colony History: Colony has been growing every year. Now have about 60 pair and fledge about 200.

Hi Folks, just wondering if any of you have ever had this problem. I had a very good year and fledged about 200. The very last to fledge was here with it's mother for a few days after the other birds had left. After just seeing the 2 of them for a few extra days, they also left and I figured everybody had gone to roost. However, the past couple days, I believe its the juvenile, keeps returning by itself, spends the night and then leaves in the am. I keep thinking it has figured out how to go to roost but then it shows up again. Today was the 3rd time it has shown up. Anybody else ever experience this???
"If it was easy, everybody would be doing it"
Posts: 1324
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
2022: ?
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Interesting! I think that happened last year or the year before to someone, eventually the martin left. never happened here.

That is one bird who likes his home, Id imagine as the roost leaves so will he. All iv seen are some swallows heading south, miss the martins already.

Enjoy him while you can,
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:24 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Espyville/Pymatuning Reservoir Area
Martin Colony History: Taking care of 11 active public colonies and trying to start two more in northwestern PA. Also attempting to restart another one in southwestern PA, in Collier Township's Hilltop Park. In 2017, not sure what happened but the ASY male returned and then a couple of weeks later he was gone. It could have been weather related. No other birds showed up. I had a starling nesting at the Public site that I had trouble getting rid of.
In 2018, we fledged 629 martins at all of the sites.

Hello Ron,

It's probably uncommon to have a bird returning this late, but I heard earlier today that Andy Troyer of Conneautville, PA had two birds return last night. It sounded as if they were surprised to see them come in. I know years ago I was contacted by a rehabber about handling a bird to release since it had been rehabbed. This was about the same time in September. I brought it up from Verona (outside of Pittsburgh) on a Friday night and put him in a gourd to spend the night. The next morning, Saturday, I went out and opened up the gourd for him/her to take off. It took several minutes at least for it to come out on the porch and it sat there for another 10-15 minutes surveying the landscape. It then took off and landed in one of our pin oaks at that time. About 30 minutes later it took off and returned several times that day. Surprisingly, but he ended up bringing a partner back to our place once or twice during that day. We were happy that at least he/she had some company and they could hang out together. We did not see them after that afternoon, so hopefully they were able to meet up with other migrating martins.

Surprisingly, last Friday, I witnessed a small martin roost in Crawford County on a private farm consisting of 1-2,000 martins in a corn field, so hopefully your martin will join up with a group of martins and work their way south.

Glad you had a successful year! I'll send you an email with what I have as your last valid email address.

Bill Wenger

Building the Purple Martin population one bird at a time!
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