NY State Purple Martin Project

-|- Home -|- Colonies & Data -|- Partners -|- Support Us -|- Events -|- Links -|- Images & Video -|- Press -|- Contact -|-

.

NYS Purple Martin Project - Photos and Video

Click a thumbnail image to view a larger version.
Locking Winch-Predator Guard
Starling Resistant Entries
Aging Martin Nestlings-Federal Bird Banding
Iroquois Job Corps
Photo by Celeste Morien
Iroquois Job Corps
Photo by Celeste Morien
Aging Nestlings
Photo by Celeste Morien
The Purple Martin display table at the Momtezuma Audubon Center Saturday May 5, 2012.
(L to R) Celeste Morien, Rick Marx and Alan Grethel.
Photo by by Chuck Gibson
Montezuma Audubon Center has a population of 19 Purple Martins so far, that have arrived from their migration from Brazil's rainforest basin.
Photo by by Chuck Gibson
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge - 2012 Spring Into Nature. Celeste Morien speaks with a visitor.
Photo by Bob Hazen
"Sparrow Spookers,"or shiny ribbons of reflective material, deter House Sparrows. (formerly known as English Sparrows)
Photo by Celeste Morien

A Purple Martin roost was observed in the Niagara River in a reed bed island of cattails very close to shore near the east end of Buckhorn Island State Park on Grand Island. Although large numbers of martins are noted in the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s records, this roost had not been reported to the Purple Martin Conservation Association before now. An estimated 4,500 birds were seen at this location on September 7, 2012, as they gathered and swarmed repeatedly over the river, dipped low into the current in groups and took drinks of river water. The first birds started arriving at the site just after 6 PM. The martins swooped into the reed bed as if falling, with the last birds entering at 7:45 PM. What a spectacle!

Anyone wishing to view this roost site in the Important Bird Area of the Niagara River corridor, should use the directions written next by Alec Humann, who alerted us to the roost site. The parking lot is along East River Road - if you mapquest 'buckhorn island state park, grand island, ny' the purple location bubble shows exactly where to park. There is a 6-8 car parking lot right at the entrance to the trail and is just off the side of East River Road. Walk the trail back through some tall woods (the Niagara River will be on the right). As soon as the trail opens, you will see the water on the right and the first opening will show the cattail island out in the river. That would be your closest viewing spot - although limited visibility due to the shrubs. If you keep walking the trail, eventually there will be another larger viewing area. The trail crosses a small concrete bridge over a creek. You won't want to cross the bridge if you want to watch the martins as the trail curves around and away from the water's edge.

Photos by Celeste Morien

At Iroquois NWR and the surrounding New York State WMAs, Carl Zenger's efforts have resulted in fledging over 224 Purple Martins in summer 2012! Here Carl shows off one of the last chicks of the season to be banded.
Photo by David Seifert
These 11 day old Purple Martin juveniles will remain in the nest until they are 28 days old.
Photo by Celeste Morien

 

Photos
  • Copyright belongs to the photographers.
  • Photos & videos may be used ONLY with permission.
Conley Tunnel Entrance Gourds
Iroquois Job Corps
Photo by Celeste Morien
Montezuma
Photo by Celeste Morien
Medina
Photo by Celeste Morien
Chautauqua Institute Colony
Photo by Bob Hazen
Chautauqua Institute Colony
"Feeding time at #7"
Photo by Bob Hazen
Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant
Photo by Celeste Morien
Copyright FINWR, INC. 2012 Web Editor: Bob Hazen