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Purple martins return to Wichita

As he predicted in a recent Eagle article, Mark Schuyler says purple martins are back in Wichita, setting up a roost over the weekend.

It’s again in Old Town, between First and Douglas streets, just west of Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill on Washington. The birds gather annually as they prepare to migrate to South America.

Schuyler shot a video Monday evening, from the parking garage of the Hotel in Old Town.

City officials say they’ll examine the scene Tuesday to determine if they want to attempt to discourage the birds from roosting there, or deal with the mess they leave behind.

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