Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

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Insectivore Villa
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Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Insectivore Villa » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:00 pm

Well, been a long time since I posted anything, and this post is for those who don't hit the PMCA Facebook page, but I believe my wife and I have had the best month of August a PM freak could ever have. I will try to keep this short and let the link below do all the talking. To preface the video, Richard and Susan Carr (Walpole Island Purple Martin Project), my wife Elaine, my two sons Jordan (drone pilot) and Jeremy (photographer and videographer) and myself spent the month of August roost hunting in a vast delta marsh area where the St. Clair river dumps into lake St. Clair. It is a giant marsh with huge phragmite islands that was showing an enormous roost ring on radar every morning. The trouble is, you have one hour to find the birds in a 5-10,000 acre area before they go down into the phragmite for the night, and then you boat out of the marsh in some serious darkness. Regardless, after a few scouting days, some evenings flying the drone where no sane person would fly a drone, and driving our boat a few hundred miles, we discovered the roost area(s). From about August 2nd to September 2nd, the amount of PMs we saw was simply incredible. This delta area must draw birds from all over the Great Lakes basin, because there is no way Ontario has this many PMs. When you hit the link, there is what looks like a gear wheel on the lower right side to change the settings, click the gear and try to watch in 780 or better yet 1080P or higher for the best quality. This is just the short version of the project, the full length video is a whopping 1 hr and 15 min epic saga Jeremy created with all the video footage we accumulated, it is just way too big to upload from our place.
Anyways, enjoy...if there is a roost near you, go see it. Words cannot describe an encounter with 200,000 martins in a 45 minute spectacular show. Where else could you see a million PMs doing what they do best?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7grOwZn ... e=youtu.be
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged

Kuemic
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Location: Topeka, KS
Martin Colony History: 2015 1 SY pair, 2 eggs destroyed by sparrow
2016 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 2 hatchlings, 2 fledged
2017 1 ASY pair, 5 eggs, 5 hatchlings, 5 fledged; 1 SY pair, 4 eggs not incubated
2018 daily visitors but no takers

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Kuemic » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:07 pm

Beautiful!
Michelle in Topeka

Insectivore Villa
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Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Insectivore Villa » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:21 pm

Thank you Michelle, I am very glad you liked it. It was definitely some of the best summer nights we ever spent together with family and friends.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged

Dave Reynolds
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Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at Satilite Site.

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Dave Reynolds » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:20 pm

Outstanding.... Super Job... I can’t imagine being there with that many birds.... Well done..

Dave
2018 Home Site
Lots of Visitors

2018 Satilite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
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Insectivore Villa
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Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Insectivore Villa » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:15 pm

Thanks Dave, if you get a chance to see a roost, do it, it is simply amazing that many birds can do what they do without hitting each other. It puts those balls of starlings to shame.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged

RonDel
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Location: Harrow On. Canada

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby RonDel » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:59 am

Great job you guys. Puts our Point Pelee roost to shame.

Spiderman
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Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Spiderman » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:42 am

Great Video.

It's amazing to see that many Purple Martins roosting in reeds. I would have never believed there were that many Martins that made the migration to Canada each year.

I know you spent a lot of time capturing &editing the footage.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED

Richard Carr
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Location: Walpole Island Ontario

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Richard Carr » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:01 pm

It has taken 6 years to do this so I knew what I needed and one day it came to me, it was on a Saturday. I knew Mr. & Mrs Wolting but not Jeremy, but we became very good friends. This Roost is unbelievable. Jeremy did an awesome job! Thanks Jeremy from the Walpole Island Purple Martin Project (Richard & Susan Carr). I hope everyone enjoys the video.

sssSMOKING
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Location: Verona / VA
Martin Colony History: 2012 > Several Lookers,
2013 > 4 nesting pairs, 15 fledged
2014 > 4 nesting pairs, 15 Fledged
2015 > 5 nesting pairs, 23 Fledged
2016 > 9 nesting pairs, 25 Fledged
2017 > 12 nesting pairs, 43 Fledged
2018 > 15 nesting pairs, 39 Fledged

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby sssSMOKING » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:56 pm

Very well done!!
2012 > Several Lookers
2013 - 4 pair, 14 fledged
2014 - 5 pair, 15 Fledged (House Wren Destroyed Eggs, 5th pair)

Insectivore Villa
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Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Insectivore Villa » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:01 pm

Thanks Smokin', Ron and of course you too Richard. It was a great summer and I find myself looking at the videos on these fall nights already. Those nights are embedded in my minds eye forever...can't wait for next summer now.

Just think, April is only 7 months away...guess I better get started now on the new improvements on my set ups
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged

Dave Duit
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Martin Colony History: In 2017, 54 pair with 202 fledged youngsters. 73 total compartments available, 48 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Dave Duit » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:09 pm

The members for the Iowa Organization thanks you for this tremendous video and all the hard work you have done. Thanks.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.

Archer
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Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Archer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:28 pm

Oh Wow Henry, how awesome it that! I want to come and see that next summer, would you take me out to see them? That would be so cool. Thanks for sharing that video.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.

Insectivore Villa
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Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Insectivore Villa » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 pm

Come on down to our part of Canada, just make sure you are here around August 20-25, seems to be the peak time. Bring your fishing rod, smallmouth, largemouth, walleye, pike, channel cats, all within five minutes of the roost. That's how we spent some evenings waiting for them to show up. The video is no comparison to live viewing...it is just amazing.
Henry W.
2015, 28 pair, 102 fledged
2016, 39 pair, 154 fledged
2017, 44 pair, 164 fledged
2018, 68 pair, 218 fledged

Archer
Posts: 631
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Archer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:57 pm

Awesome. If I fly in, what would be the best airport? Should clarify, commercial flight.
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.

Dave Duit
Posts: 1277
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: state:Iowa / town:Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2017, 54 pair with 202 fledged youngsters. 73 total compartments available, 48 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

Re: Walpole Island Purple Martin Project "Roost"

Postby Dave Duit » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:55 pm

Great post and video. Many people don't think of the great white north as a possible location for a large roost; the the video shows otherwise. Thank you and it is good to see a large roost up north.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.


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