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by John Balga
Fri May 29, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Spring Losses !!
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Spring Losses !!

Hi Bill, Spring was a very difficult time for the martins here at my colony in Essex, Ontario. I was very fortunate to not lose any Martins or Tree Swallows but others reported losing between 5 and 50 Martins and several Tree Swallows. Stewards who fed their martins complained that some martins in t...
by John Balga
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019
Replies: 7
Views: 4355

Re: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019

Hi All, Thanks for your responses.You have also observed this kind of late behaviour so it seems that I am not alone with these late martins. Hapsboy, where is your site in La Salle? Although it seems that these martins started egg laying late or even re-nested , it's time to lower the housing and g...
by John Balga
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019
Replies: 7
Views: 4355

Essex ASY's and Juveniles Still Returning 8/24/2019

Good evening, This past week and this evening at around 8:30 p.m., two pair of ASY's have returned with their young to my colony here in Essex,Ontario. This is the latest I have ever had martins stay . Usually/sometimes the adults abandon their young in the nest before they fledge but this has not b...
by John Balga
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Landlords in Toronto
Replies: 0
Views: 2229

Landlords in Toronto

Hello all,

I would like to contact a landlord with Purple Martins in Toronto to donate some housing /equipment. Please contact me and I will put you in touch with the person who has the housing to donate.

Thanks.....

John
by John Balga
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Point Pelee Roost, Leamington,On
Replies: 0
Views: 2164

Point Pelee Roost, Leamington,On

Nature Canada and members of the Ontario Purple Martin Association have joined forces to locate and document Purple Martin Roosts in Ontario. One of its successes is officially establishing the location of the Purple Martin Roost in Point Pelee National Park. OPMA has been involved in officially doc...
by John Balga
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Point Pelee Roost
Replies: 0
Views: 1732

Point Pelee Roost

The Point Pelee Roost comprises a number of different swallow species as well as grackles, red wings and a variety of waterfowl. The number of swallows is estimated around 20,000 or more but it is difficult to get an accurate count. The roost has been increasing over the last two weeks. Best viewing...
by John Balga
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario Purple Martin 2017 Arrival
Replies: 0
Views: 1355

Ontario Purple Martin 2017 Arrival

While clearing the Amherstburg Holiday Beach Conservation Community purple martin site of unsightly weeds and overgrown brush with Richard Carr from Walpole Island this morning, April 2nd, an ASY male Purple Martin was seen surveying the gourd housing after his annual trip back from his wintering gr...
by John Balga
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Peterborough Purple Martin Landlord Help
Replies: 0
Views: 1347

Peterborough Purple Martin Landlord Help

John Want to thank u for yr help, now all I have to do is find out the history of Martins returning to the Peterborough Ont. area not to far from Rice lake,(if in fact they do). I have blocked off the entrances and lowered the house for the winter. My idea is to unblock the entrances and run it up t...
by John Balga
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: OPMA Spring Meeting 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 914

OPMA Spring Meeting 2017

All are invited to attend the first meeting of the Ontario Purple Martin Association: http://ontariopurplemartins.ca which will take place on Saturday, February 25th, 9:00 a.m. at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens (Willow Room) in Ruthven, Ontario. Coffee will be available and for those who want to order...
by John Balga
Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New T 14
Replies: 5
Views: 2436

Predator guard

Hi Wyatt,
I'm glad you like the individual compartments. They make nest checks much better. The predator guard is attached to the house with screws so there is nothing at the base of the pole.
by John Balga
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: New T 14
Replies: 5
Views: 2436

New T 14

One of our OPMA members added a new T 14 to his colony complete with individual doors, a winch extension, and predator guard. The martins really enjoyed the new addition. The individual doors made for easy nest checks without spooking the rest of the colony inhabitants.
by John Balga
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows Arrive ,Essex,Ontario-not an April's Fool Joke
Replies: 4
Views: 1846

Purple Martin Update Journal

Congratulations PMCA on a wonderful quarterly update. I just received it today and am looking forward to delving into the new articles from the Disney Worldwide Conservation group, new generation landlords and fire ant exterminators etc. Every issue is always packed with wonderful information. The n...
by John Balga
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows Arrive ,Essex,Ontario-not an April's Fool Joke
Replies: 4
Views: 1846

Tree Swallows Arrive In Essex,Ontario.....not n April's Fool

Wow that is interesting to hear that they are in Port Rowan. Some of our OPMA members have a great colony across from the Bird Studies building. I'm wondering whether his martins will be back this week or that this is one from his colony. Did you see any gourd racks up across the way? I'm glad to he...
by John Balga
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Tree Swallows Arrive ,Essex,Ontario-not an April's Fool Joke
Replies: 4
Views: 1846

Tree Swallows Arrive ,Essex,Ontario-not an April's Fool Joke

This morning at about 10:30 a.m. a lone tree swallow arrived and checked out a few nesting boxes on my new property. I am starting all over again after moving back from Mississauga,Ontario. Two and half years has gone quickly but there is nothing like seeing that first tree swallow of the season. Go...
by John Balga
Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Ontario Landlords Near Gravenhurst?
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Gravenhurst Martins

Hi Brenda,

Have a look at this 2011 article about the purple martin decline in the Gravenhurst area and perhaps a reason for the lack of martin landlords in that area.

http://www.orilliapacket.com/2011/07/22 ... the-martin

John
Ontario Purple Martin Association
by John Balga
Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 11
Views: 4649

Double Taverner

Spuds,
Great job on modifying and adding your own modification to the DT Martin house. The colours are beautiful and you managed to do the scroll work under the house very well. Wishing you much success in attracting the Texas martins to your location!
John Balga :grin:
by John Balga
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What is killing our Purple Martins - News Article
Replies: 22
Views: 11477

What's killing Ontario's Purple Martins

I came across another article on perhaps another possible reason for their decline.....

http://www.windconcernsontario.ca/wind- ... re-canada/

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS CONCERN WITH THE ADVANCE OF WIND FARMS IN MARTIN AREAS.
by John Balga
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What is killing our Purple Martins - News Article
Replies: 22
Views: 11477

what's killing Ontario purple martins

Patrick Kramer sent me two references on this topic worthy of follow-up reading.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-new ... es-decline

http://www.thewhig.com/2014/07/13/purple-martin-mystery

Way to go Patrick on your work in Ontario....
by John Balga
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: What is killing our Purple Martins - News Article
Replies: 22
Views: 11477

What's killing Ontario's Purple Martins

Susquatch, I just wanted to shed some light on your Windsor Observation as well as bring this post to your attention. The Ontario Purple Martin Association/Ontario Purple Martin Working group as well as the Holiday Beach Migratory Organization were involved in the Walpole Island Purple Martin Geoloc...
by John Balga
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Purple Martin Forum
Topic: Purple Martin Project
Replies: 1
Views: 1079

Ontario Purple Martin Project

The url address has been corrected.....

http://naturecanada.ca/initiatives/bird ... n-project/