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Old 03-07-2021, 02:51 PM   #1
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Just checking to see if anyone has spotted any scouts yet?
Got my houses up today.
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Old 03-07-2021, 02:57 PM   #2
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I read somewhere that the freeze killed a lot of scouts. I saw some purple martins and swallows yesterday but have not seen nearly the numbers that I usually see this time of year. Hopefully, the numbers increase.
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Old 03-07-2021, 03:04 PM   #3
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I read somewhere that the freeze killed a lot of scouts. I saw some purple martins and swallows yesterday but have not seen nearly the numbers that I usually see this time of year. Hopefully, the numbers increase.
Yes that’s what I was afraid of.
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Old 03-07-2021, 03:25 PM   #4
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We saw a hummingbird this morning. Beautiful guy was buzzing my wife's flowers.
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Old 03-07-2021, 03:27 PM   #5
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Seen a few purple martins here in Lampasas county no hummers yet.
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Old 03-07-2021, 03:55 PM   #6
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I’ve had 4 hanging around for a few days. I’m north of Sadler.
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Old 03-07-2021, 04:14 PM   #7
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Put my Martin boxes out last Saturday. No Martin’s but a few Starlings have made the fatal mistake of landing on them.
I’m in northern Liberty county.
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Old 03-07-2021, 04:26 PM   #8
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Neighbor said he saw Martins in Brown County
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Old 03-07-2021, 04:31 PM   #9
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I have martins in Orange. They’ve been here for a couple of weeks.
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Old 03-07-2021, 04:35 PM   #10
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Utopia last week.

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Old 03-07-2021, 04:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the update guys.
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Old 03-07-2021, 05:14 PM   #12
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Martin scouts showed up in Fannett last week.
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Old 03-07-2021, 05:45 PM   #13
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Got one perched in last years mud nest.
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Old 03-07-2021, 06:12 PM   #14
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A couple of Swallows returned to Jarrell yesterday.
No hummingbirds yet, but the feeder isn't up quite yet either.
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:19 PM   #15
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Had a hummer in Seguin this afternoon--
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Old 03-07-2021, 10:29 PM   #16
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Our purple martins showed up three days ago.
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Old 03-07-2021, 10:36 PM   #17
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IN...nothing here yet for us as new landlords.
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:25 AM   #18
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My dad has some in Karnes County
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:07 AM   #19
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Normally start seeing hummers this week, but with nothing for them to eat because of the freeze they will likely struggle. Need to get our feeders out this week.
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:21 AM   #20
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I swear I heard a humming bird in the flower bed in the front of our house yesterday.
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:26 AM   #21
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Just checking to see if anyone has spotted any scouts yet?
Got my houses up today.
Was wondering the same thing. Cleaned out my house trying to keep the sparrows out before putting it back up. Martins should have been here by now ????
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:36 AM   #22
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I had 4 scouts show up this weekend in Deer Park
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:05 AM   #23
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IN...nothing here yet for us as new landlords.
Joel, post up some pics of your gourds! Like to see 'em now that you've got them finished and up.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:08 AM   #24
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Nope, but we have a pair of wrens back in the box and the Mallards (George and Barbara) landed in the pool yesterday.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:33 AM   #25
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We have had a few around Tomball and I saw some in Limestone county this weekend.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:50 AM   #26
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Joel, post up some pics of your gourds! Like to see 'em now that you've got them finished and up.

Here you go Charlie.
I’m sure trying here brother. I feel I have the house in a good location...close enough to the shop but in an open area with no trees too close. I’ve put some dried pine needles inside the nesting areas of both the house and the gourds, have my 2 decoys on perch and even playing the purple Martin “dawnsong”vocalization CD via a boombox predawn everyday.

Nothing yet...I guess only time will tell.


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Old 03-08-2021, 11:01 AM   #27
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Very nice Joel! I have a box that looks a lot like that one only mine actually has holes where the birds can get inside!! ...guess it's just from the angle of the pic, you can't see the holes??
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:20 AM   #28
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I got 2 houses back up yesterday and had a scout this morning,
I'm north of Mineral Wells,
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:28 AM   #29
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Very nice Joel! I have a box that looks a lot like that one only mine actually has holes where the birds can get inside!! ...guess it's just from the angle of the pic, you can't see the holes??
Haha....give me a little credit brother. 😂 Yes, they have the starling resistant crescent shaped entrance holes in them 😛
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:25 PM   #30
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Had a few scouts in Tomball right before the freeze. Nothing since.


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Old 03-08-2021, 01:29 PM   #31
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Haha....give me a little credit brother. 😂 Yes, they have the starling resistant crescent shaped entrance holes in them 😛
That's what pellet guns are for!








but mine has those squirrely little holes in it too...
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Old 03-10-2021, 08:07 AM   #32
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The Martins are coming in. I put my houses up Sunday and as of this morning I had 10 martins.

Still no hummingbirds yet.
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Old 03-10-2021, 09:22 AM   #33
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Dang it! I still have zero Martins. Haven't put out any HB feeders yet... probably do that this weekend.
Last year at my house the Martins showed up real late, and didn't have that many nesting pairs... thought maybe it was because I left my boxes out all year from the year before and they didn't like the "dirty" boxes... Took 'em in beginning of winter after they all left, cleaned and re-painted and put 'em back up after Snowmageddon... so far nuthin'...
You guys put anything in the nest boxes or leave 'em clean? I've never put anything in them, and up until last year, I'd have birds in just about every hole on both sides of 3 big boxes... Any advice would be appreciated. Thx.
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Old 03-11-2021, 03:25 PM   #34
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no hummers but our first 3 PM scouts showed up last nite here in N.W. Arkansas
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Old 03-11-2021, 04:49 PM   #35
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Wife said she thinks a couple Martins were buzzin' the boxes this morning!! Hope they're still around when I get home this evening!!
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Old 03-11-2021, 04:54 PM   #36
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We have Martins at dads house already!
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Old 03-11-2021, 05:06 PM   #37
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We have Martins at dads house already!
Cool. Glad to see these North TX Martins reports, will keep any eye out.
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Old 03-11-2021, 06:25 PM   #38
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I noticed our nesting barn swallows showed up yesterday
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:45 PM   #39
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If what my bride saw this morning was Martins, they didn't stick around this evening. No sign of them...
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Old 03-11-2021, 08:10 PM   #40
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Saw one hummingbird at the feeder yesterday.
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:12 PM   #41
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They usually show up on March 19th, my birthday and the same day that the "swallows return to Capistrano". We feed a gallon of sugar water a day to the hummers on the front porch.
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:40 PM   #42
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We had several at the ranch (Mills Cnty) last weekend
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Old 03-14-2021, 12:02 PM   #43
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Had my first sighting of a scout on Friday afternoon. Now have 2 pair already claiming two holes on the top floor!!
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Old 03-14-2021, 12:03 PM   #44
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Had my first sighting of a scout on Friday afternoon. Now have 2 pair already claiming two holes on the top floor!!
Good for you Charlie....still nada here 😕
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:57 PM   #45
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Nothing here yet either..........i did fill up feeders on yesterday in case a scout is in dire need.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:04 PM   #46
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One hummingbird spotted SW of Jarrell yesterday afternoon.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:12 PM   #47
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I haven't put out HB feeders yet... That's this coming weekend's project... Grandsons are coming out to play with Poppa... Gotta save something cool for them to do...
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:39 PM   #48
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Purple martins are pouting in at my friends house in Bell's Texas

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Old 03-14-2021, 06:39 PM   #49
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Just put out my HB feeders this evening. Hopefully we will have some soon.
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Old 03-14-2021, 07:04 PM   #50
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1st hummer this morning, horseshoe bay
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