Banding Purple Martin chicks from Connecticut Audubon Society on Vimeo.
In the video, you will note that two bands were put on each Purple Martin chick, one on each leg. The silver band is the standard federal United States Fish & Wildlife Service band placed on any banded bird with a unique number. The other band is a special Connecticut one. The red color is unique to this colony, and each has a unique number, too. CAS Conservation Biologist Dr. Twan Leenders also explains this in the video with one of the newly-banded chicks. The video also shows us removing the cam gourd chicks from their special home. All five look to be doing well right now.
We will soon post another entry with still photos from the effort along with more information on the Purple Martins banded in Connecticut in 2011 and how to report a sighting of one.
Video © Scott Kruitbosch