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Aug 24, 2012

Gourds for Purple Martins at Seneca College

Photos by BarrytheBirder
These artificial gourds are strung across one of the lily ponds at King Township's Seneca College on Dufferin Street.   A nearby sign (pictured below) explains the presence of the gourds as homes for Purple Martins.
I have no idea how well this Purple Martin nesting project has worked, as I have only just become aware of it.   I did not see any Purple Martins at the time of the picture-taking.   Purple Martins normally only raise one brood of chicks and depending on how early they arrived on their breeding ground, they can begin their reverse southern migration as early as July.   So perhaps if there were martins here, they have already left.   I plan to pursue this and will report on it again as details are available.
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