Banding birds at the Auburn Sportsman's Club

Helen Blazis talks about proper bird holding technique with Nancy and Zachary Best. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
A Nashville Warbler perches on Helen Blazis' hand. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
Justin Dion holds a juvenile cardinal. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
Ken Dion examines a newly captured sparrow. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
A warber's wing chord is measured. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
Helen Blazis prepares to launch a newly banded bird from a Cub Scout's hand. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
A Nashville Warbler, only seen occasionally by the Auburn birders. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
A Myrtle Sparrow can be identified by its yellow markings. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
A sparrow finds itself caught in the mist nets strung around the Auburn Sportsman's Club. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
Ken Dion detangles a sparrow from the mesh netting at the Auburn Sportsman's Club. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
A sparrow strikes a pose before launch. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
Helen and Mark Blazis debate the identification of a warbler. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi
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Ken Dion cupped the squawking sparrow in his hand and began to carefully detangle it from the netting that had captured it in the woods of the Auburn Sportsman's Club.

The tiny gray bird flapped its wings helplessly as Dion, a Grafton resident, gently pulled at the filaments of string, easing it past a silver band on the bird's leg.

"Someone's caught this guy before," Dion said. "That can make it just a little tricky to get him out of the net."

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