Rare Banding Recovery on June 28th, 2014

On June 28, 2014 Rob Cornies and myself banded young purple martins at the home of Marie and Dennis Shady in Harrow. While we were banding we noticed a sub-adult martin enter one of the compartments and I was able to plug the hole using a long painting pole equipped with a piece of pipe wrap. Upon lowering the housing unit we were able to recover not one but two banded  sub-adults. One was a male and the other was a female. After taking the vital banding statistics from these two birds: weight, wing chord length and fat we were able to determine from their bands and our records  that these two martins were banded one year earlier exactly on June 28 at the same colony.They had produced five young and had returned to their natal colony after travelling to their wintering grounds last Fall.

The recovery of  these two totally amazed us and the landlord hosts. This is one event we can put in our field notes for the future. We hope to see them next year as adult birds or ASY martins as they are normally called.