Daily Archives: May 23, 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?

martinman@hotmail.com