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Charlie Muise checks the feathers on a common yellowthroat at his bird banding station in Panola Mountain State Park.
Molly Samuel / WABE

It’s the time of year when baby birds start to leave their nests. A research project south of Atlanta is revealing more about the birds that nest here by catching them.

Just after dawn on what will be a sunny, late-spring day, Charlie Muise is standing at a fold-out card table, set up on a dirt road. He’s in a damp, dewy meadow at Panola Mountain State Park in southern DeKalb County at his bird banding station.

A volunteer brings him a little drawstring cotton bag that’s twitching. He sticks his hand in.