Purple Martins in 2012

heymikeyGA(7b GA)March 18, 2012

Hi All,

For the first time in over 25 years the Purple Martins have not arrived in my area yet. We take very good care of our houses. Each year we take down our houses and gourds and clean them out and return them late Jan or Early Feb. They almost always arrive here around Feb 20th. I'm getting concerned that they might not come this year. No starling problems either. I've asked other folks I know who have Martin houses in my area and none have shown up at their houses either. Has anyone in the southeast spotted Purple Martins this year?

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Randy31513(Georgia 8b)

Yes, they are here in South Ga.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 8:17PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Next county over from Randy and they here but not as many as usual.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 8:22PM
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heymikeyGA(7b GA)

Hey Randy,
When did they arrive this year in your area? Maybe there's hope.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 8:23PM
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Was wondering the same - they're usually here around March 10th. Have seen none to date.
Had a disaster last year with the main house blowing over (twice in a week's time) with nests and eggs in place. They left when that happened the second time.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 10:22AM
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Randy31513(Georgia 8b)

I tried to post yesterday but the the forum would not take the post.

I really don't know the birds were at the nursery where I went to buy a new orange tree. If I go back I will ask.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 1:44PM
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One made a nest up under my deck this year (Which made a big muddy mess all over the place)... 1st time I have ever really seen any around here... Seems like there are a lot of them around... That's OK with me - as I have plenty of bugs for them to eat...

Anyway - they may have just a made a more eastern migration route this year... I have heard of such things - apparently their nests in wild places get full of mites and such... It may just be that abandoning them for several years takes care of the problem...


    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 8:32AM
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google purpke martin scout and see when they usually arrive , data goes back for 6-8 years .
i've 12 gourds , most have martins . they came about 3 weeks ago .

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 4:51AM
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