The Martins are here. First arrival on 3/11/2016. Let the show begin.
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and the water is warming up. Had a nice paddle on Lake Juniper the other day. Got to have a look at a huge osprey nest in a cypress tree. She was not very happy. Dad was sitting in the next tree.
While visiting friends in Sumter, SC, I got up early and drove down do Swan Lake in Sumter, just to take a peek.
Nice Place to spend a Sunday morning,,,,
We built a new T-14 14-compartment martin house for this year. Sitting about 15 feet up on a 3 inch square aluminum pole with winch for maintenance, it looks very nice. All thats left now is to get it filled up with purple martins. Since we don't really have a established colony yet, we are depending on sub-adult martins to start building. They arrive a month or so later than the adults. We'll see what happens.
Next to the house is a rack with a 24 gourd capacity. We currenlty have 12 gourds up. If the rack starts to fill up with martins, we can always add a few.