The two red shoulders who were nutting up in the raptor flight were released. One headed straight into a thicket and disappeared; the other headed in the opposite direction and landed just long enough to get his bearings before taking off again, deeper into the woods.
Other releases include the mourning dove from April—finally—the cardinal, the blue jay, two mockers, and the great crested flycatcher.
The third clutch of red bellies is now in the flight pen, as are the robins and the brown thrasher.
Wildlife rehabbers fly by the seats of their pants and hope like hell their britches don’t rip.