It’s very important to make sure releases are done in the proper habitat. Usually for song birds, this is not a problem. One robin more or less in a suburban neighborhood is not going to make a difference one way or another. Other species need to be released in specific areas; I’ve driven over an hour each way to release a barn swallow next to a barn—which are a rare commodity in Northern Virginia.
Today’s release required a two-hour drive, complete with a 6:30 am departure. Once SuperHub and I arrived at the University of Virginia band camp, we released SuperSon who flew off to his preferred marching band habitat approximately 20 seconds after we opened the car doors. That’s about average for a fledge who is anxious to experience freedom for the first time.