Martha - yes indeed the bands mean something. This bird is part of someone's research study. Please report the bands on each leg, their colors as in your photo to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory via www.reportband.gov/
You will be reporting valuable data to the person who banded the bird; and in turn, will receive information satisfying your curiosity about the bird.
Go for it,
From: Martha McClintock <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 10:01 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Not a Vermont bird but I'd love ID help
I took a quick trip to Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina while
visiting my daughter. I can not find this bird in my two bird books. Does
the fact that it has four bands mean anything?
Thanks in advance for the help and I apologize for using this forum for a
non Vermont bird!