Monthly Archives: May 2018

Do you have any subbies yet at your Ontario colony sites?

Hi Everyone,
I wonder if anyone is asking this same  question. I have an established colony of close to 40 pair in Essex, Ontario . Right now I have almost doubled this colony  and have many hanging around to feed on the scrambled eggs that I have been forced to feed due to see saw weather conditions. What I am noticing is that 98% of my current numbers are mostly ASY birds. I have  3 SY males so far and possibly a handful of SY females who have paired with ASY males.

In my colony, there has not been the usual wave of SY birds that fill in the gaps for me, at least so far as when I started my colony. I am hoping that more come through our area as many are noticing the lack of subbies as well.  It is difficult to make sense of migration this year. Did the  very cool spring/summer last year in  Ontario effect their southern migration or did they have a bad wintering experience and more bad weather on their way up to Ontario?

My colony has survived sleet, snow and ice storms this year and are rebounding with a lot of nest building as a result of supplementary food. Last week a couple of SY males showed up and I was hoping to see more of the female  SY birds come up to satisfy the ASY bachelors who are still looking for mates.

Because the ASY’s were late this year I wonder if there will be a large influx of SY’s since they too are just running behind this year.  It would be nice to see them fill in our Satellite sites in Essex and McGregor,Ontario that remain quiet.

This is a photo of the new site at Co-an Park in McGregor…

Let me know if you are experiencing the same  lack of SY’s this year? Or have you lost many ASY’s due to the poor Spring conditions?

Purple Martin Gourd Rack and Gourds for Sale

Richard Carr from the Walpole Island Purple Martin Project is selling a Super System-24 gourd rack system with gourds. It features a 16 foot , 3 inch square high tensile aluminum pole, mounted over a 57 inch ground stake. There are 8,    one and 1/2 inch aluminum angle arms . Each angle arm has  pre-punched gourd hanging holes spaced at 16 inch on center allowing room for even the largest natural or manufactured gourd.

If you are interested, Richard can be contacted at 810-706-2344.

Ontario Purple Martin Association Meeting is Saturday, May 26th, at 9:00 a.m.

Hello Purple Martin People!
The next meeting of the Ontario Purple Martin Association is Saturday, May 26th, at 9:00 am, at the home of our member Marianne Knapp, 3450 N. Malden Road, RR #2, Essex.   Marianne has a great site to view Purple Martins and Tree Swallows too.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we see a local rarity …….. a pleasant, dry and sunny day ! EmojiEmojiEmoji   
We hope to see you there.     Please remember to bring your lawn chairs.   Call for directions if you need to.
Mary Wilson
Secretary – OPMA