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Goose Pond - Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area

GPS: 43.124197, -78.274047

2016 data (as of 2016-Oct-1)

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
North House
12
53
47
40
39
South House
15
76
66
66
66

2015 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden House
18
92
78
55
53

2014 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden House
14
72
62
53
52

2013 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden House
14
55
47
44
44

2012 data

Site
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Wooden House
8
48
34
28
23

 

UPDATE (June 1, 2016) A second T14 wooden house was installed at Goose Pond in spring 2016. Goose Pond North is one of the newest additions to New York State's DEC Purple Martin sites. Goose Pond North is located on the Oak Orchard State Wildlife Management Area at the Goose Pond Overlook on Albion Road, Oakfield in Orleans County. Goose Pond North replicates the successful existing Goose Pond South wooden T-14 style Purple Martin housing and hanging tunnel entrance plastic gourds. The house and gourds were installed in spring 2016 and already have three+ pairs of martins in residence!

UPDATE (2013Sept16) Major problems this year were House Sparrows destroying one nest completely and competing for two other cavities. House Sparrows were trapped using Haskell trap.

A banded sub-adult nested at this site. The band was located to Basom, Orleans County, New York and was banded at Job Corp Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

(2013May18): The first green color banded Purple Martin was reported today by Iroquois NWR volunteer Celeste Morien, who spotted a Second Year (SY) male Purple Martin at the Stafford Marsh Overlook, Oak Orchard State Wildlife Management Area sporting the band! This Martin was banded at Iroquois NWR Job Corps site in summer 2012 according to the carefully kept records of Carl Zenger, who heads up the Purple Martin program at Iroquois. An SY martin is one that has completed one trip to South America and has returned to nest for the first time.

A female martin at the same site was also banded at Iroquois according to The North American Bird Banding Program records. Volunteer Morien was able to read her federal band number during a nest check on Monday, May 13th. This martin has spent two of our winters in Brazil and has returned to nest once again after her long distance migration.

NOTES

We urge the public to be on the lookout for both federal and green color bands while observing Purple Martins. Even if the band numbers are not able to be read by an observer, Iroquois NWR staff and volunteers welcome reports of band sightings to INWR headquarters. The color band study will yield much valuable information about the dispersal of Purple Martins in our region. Purple Martins are a declining species in New York State and the Iroquois program serves as a model for increasing the population of this beautiful songbird.

This colony on Albion Road in the Town of Barre was established in 2011 through the efforts of Carl Zenger and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. One T-14 martin house was chosen for this open area, located next to a large parking lot overlooking Goose Pond, also known as Upper Stafford Marsh. Ten martins were fledged in 2011. Twenty-three martins were fledged in 2012. House Sparrow competition has been an ongoing problem here. Trapping and Mylar strips hung from a wooden support or bracket have been used to discourage this non-native species. Only 10 of the 14 cavities were open for the 2012 season because of House Sparrows.
 
 
 
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