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Bemus Point Purple Martin Society - Profile & Data:

2014 data

Colony at Long Point State Park
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
Super Gourd (12)
         
3 Wooden Houses (14)
         

PO Box 15
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Township: Ellery
County: Chautauqua
Phone 716-665-9878

GPS: 42.172838, -79.41448

Brief History of the Bemus Point Colony at Long Point State Park

In 2008, my neighbor Pat and I discussed his four gourd colony on his dock and my grandfather's colony, which I remembered from childhood. There was an established Purple Martin colony at the historical Bemus Point/Stow Ferry Crossing that has been in existence since the 1920's. Pat and I approached the Historical Boats Society about taking the houses down and painting them. The houses had seen better days. With the help of a couple other people we rebuilt and re-erected them the next year. From that came the now famous "Bemus Point Purple Martin Society, a peaceful consortium of odd people."

In 2009, we approached Long Point State Park, on Chautauqua Lake about erecting a T-14 near the marina. This house attracted martins from neighboring colonies the very first weekend.

In 2011 our local Boy Scout Troop approached us about expanding our LPSP site as an Eagle Scout project.Two more T-14s were erected that fledged birds the first year.

Landlord: randyoste@yahoo.com

 

2014 data

Colony at Stow Ferry Crossing
# Nests
# eggs
# hatched
# banded
# fledged
4 Wooden Houses (16)
         

PO Box 15
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Township: Ellery/North Harmony
County: Chautauqua
Phone 716-665-9878

GPS: 42.157677, -79.396648

Brief History of the Bemus Point/Stow Ferry Crossing Colony

The Bemus Point/Stow Ferry Crossing has been here since 1811. Some time in the 1920's, someone erected four older style 6"x6" martin houses at the ramps on both sides of the crossing. Martin colonies have always been successful here and seem to keep the majority of the sparrow populations and hawk predation at bay.

In 2008, my neighbor Pat and I approached the Historical Boat Society about lowering the houses and painting them. Once down, we concluded the houses had seen better days. With the help of a couple other residents, we rebuilt these houses to their original design and re-erected them the next spring. Thus the beginning of the Bemus Point Purple Martin Society, a peaceful consortium of odd people. From this interest, we have expanded Purple Martin housing to nearby Long Point State Park. (see above)

Landlord: randyoste@yahoo.com
 

 

NOTES
Bemus Point Colony at Long Point State Park

This colony is monitored twice before the eggs hatch. Written records were not kept of fledge rates. The colony is equipped with excluder holes, cleaned out yearly, and closed for the winter. The colony has fresh bedding placed in the compartments for spring. Predator guards are not used. Starlings and House Sparrows are eliminated at the site. Martin decoys and recordings were used to attract martins. The site is within 1.5 miles from Lake Chautauqua and the nearest tall tree is 150 feet from the housing.

In the past, the martin landlord had problems with a large Fourth of July fireworks display at the marina. All the birds abandoned the site half way through the nesting period. The birds did come back the next year and conversations with the park administration have stopped this problem.


Bemus Point Colony at Stow Ferry Crossing
This colony is monitored twice before the eggs hatch. Written records were not kept of fledge rates. The colony is equipped with round holes, cleaned out yearly, and closed for the winter. The colony has fresh bedding placed in the compartments for spring. Predator guards are not used. Starlings and House Sparrows are eliminated at the site. Martin decoys and recordings were not needed to attract martins. The site is within 1.5 miles from Lake Chautauqua and the nearest tall tree is 150 feet from the housing, These are the older style 6"x6" martin houses that also attract sparrows. Control is accomplished mainly with Uncle Blaine's Sparrow Traps.

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