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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