Lake Erie Bird Club hears program about Eastern Bluebirds and Purple Martins

Fifty members and guests of the Lake Erie Bird Club attended the recent meeting featuring a program about Eastern Bluebirds and Purple Martins, both cavity-nesting birds.

John Ruska conducted the meeting. Members shared recent bird sightings.

Members expressed appreciation to the OBSERVER for its excellent coverage of all of the bird activity in the Dunkirk Harbor during the winter.

Ruska discussed the New York State Bluebird Society and all the work their members do to benefit Eastern Bluebirds. Some of their work includes maintaining nest box trails along Route 20 as well as Route 11.

Purple Martins need wide open locations for nesting and preferably by water. They eat bugs from the air so they need open space to fly around. Ruska showed different Purple Martin nesting boxes. The boxes must be monitored weekly. A good Purple Martin house is located at Point Gratiot near the DEC building. This box was installed and is maintained by Ruska.

Janet Centner, Jennifer Grande and Beverly Ruska provided refreshments for the meeting.

Several members of the club participated in the recent Buffalo Ornithological Society bird count on April 13. They observed 87 different species of birds.

The next meeting of the club is on Monday, April 28 at BOCES, Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia. The program, “Celebrating Birds” will feature a display of Margaret Braun’s collection of more than 100 birds that she hand-painted on ornaments. Diane Andrasik will present the accompanying program for the evening.

All who are interested in birds are welcome to attend. Members will also have the opportunity to sign up for the next Buffalo Ornithological Society bird count on May 18.

For additional information about the club call Joanne Goetz at 673-1627.