I already mentioned how many grosbeaks are unbanded...and told Augie that by the beginning of July the first broods should be fledged and joining their parents at the feeders. Haven't heard back, so maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it!
Interesting that you mention gloves, obc--I asked them why they didn't wear at least thin cotton gloves to protect from things like grosbeaks and woodpeckers and they said that they have to be able to feel exactly
how much pressure they're putting on the bird to prevent injury to it. So they can't wear gloves at all! Not even in winter! brrrrrrr! Which makes a nice warm place to thaw hands a very necessary commodity for winter banding sessions.