Monthly Archives: March 2017

Important Insect-Eating Birds On The Decline

Last July,2016, Jason Viau from Blackburn News posted an article on the Colchester Purple Martin Colony near Harrow,Ontario. This was one of several articles describing the Essex/Ontario Purple Martin Association Project to bring back purple martins to the marina. Fortunately, the story was a testimony to the work of the Ontario Purple Martin Association (

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Conley III, added Bell shape, by David Yoder, Topeka, Indiana

Have you had a chance to look at the modified Conley III martin entrance by Dave Yoder, Topeka, Indiana?

The entrance measures 2-5/16″ wide and 1.200″ in the center. “Along with the Conley III ,the third hole that Willie Conley designed, the two are being tested,” according to Andrew Troyer. The Conley II seems to be working well with only a few starlings getting through. The martins are still able to get through with little difficulty so it seems.

These two new SREHs will probably come it in quantity when the testing is done.

The above chart which I have completed  shows the two new styles. Someday there will be an entrance which will not be breached by starlings.

Cd Chatter Brings in New Martins

Have you ever wondered how effective the PUMA ( purple martin) chatter CD is when you are playing it during the day?

The two photographs show a potential new colony starter working a CD player trying to locate another martin from the chirping song. It can be humorous or even downright exciting if you are starting a new colony. This SY male was responsible for starting the beginning of my Essex colony. 

The young martin stayed around for a few hours playing the field and moving in and out of gourds. The CD is a definitive yes if you are starting a colony…..

What is Motus Tracking?

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is just a plain “cool” device that has been used to track purple martins and other birds and animals. Purple martins have been tracked all the way to South America and back to their home sites.

Bird Studies Canada Scientists,  Dr. Denis Lepage and Stu Mackenzie explain how the system works, and the exciting opportunities it’s creating for international research and conservation of at-risk migratory species.

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Now wouldn’t this be a great to see how some of our South West  Ontario colonies move from their local colonies to staging areas, migratory roosts and then to their final wintering grounds?