MADISON, CT (WFSB) -
Dozens of bird lovers flocked to Hammonasset State Park in Madison on Wednesday to help track a special species of bird, the Purple Martin.
East of the Mississippi, the winged wonders totally rely on humans for housing and need special care.
Colonies of the Purple Martins have made Hammonasset State Park their home, even though the species is originally from Brazil.
On Wednesday, members of the Menuntuck Audubon Society continued a decade-old tradition of banding the very young days-old chicks from the nests they installed in 2005.
"We're going to ban all the chicks that are between 10 days and 22 days old,” said Terry Shaw, of the Menuntuck Audubon Society.
Each colony in Connecticut will get a different colored band so when spotters see their band color they will know exactly what colony they came from.