Audubon Society bands rare birds in Milford

The Connecticut Audubon Society says it is working to protect and track a rare bird species in the area.



The Coastal Center at Milford Point is home to a colony of purple martins. The species is the largest member of the swallow family in the country, according to the Audubon Society.



Each baby bird on Wednesday got silver and yellow bands with a nine-digit number on it. The yellow band means the bird came from Milford.



Officials say there are now more than 20 colonies in the state, but that number was down to five at one point.



News 12 is told the first eggs started hatching about 20 days ago. Baby martins begin flying at around 28 days old.



 


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."