One of the all too infrequent thrills of bird banding is when one of "your" birds is encountered in a distant location. A White-throated Sparrow that I banded near Dundas, Minnesota, on 3 May 2007 was recovered in Montichello, Arkansas on 20 March 2012. Since the bird was at least in its second year when banded, the age when recovered was at least six years, a respectable age for a sparrow. The record age for a banded White-throated Sparrow is just under 15 years (Bird Banding Laboratory). The sparrow photos in this post are both from the Dundas station and taken this spring.