Bycatch catch-up

I’m quite behind in my bycatch* posts! All of the birds in this post were caught several trips ago.

*Bycatch: birds that fly into our nets while we are trying to catch juncos. We extract them from the net, take a few photos, and release them.

Female Brewer’s Blackbird:

I am too zen to be bothered by you, giant pink monster

Actually, not


Red-breasted Nuthatch:

Fly away!

Fly away!!

Whatever. I wasn’t really trying.

American Robin:

Uh-oh. Time to transform into my alter-ego…

…Super Zombie Robin!

(Don’t worry, she’s fine—that’s her nictitating membrane, like a thin eyelid. She’s just blinking.)

And now, a special section: Two-for-One Bycatch

White-crowned Sparrows: These two, both males, appeared to be having a territorial dispute. One was chasing the other when they flew into the net.

This is my Vanity Fair cover shot

Although I look more athletic in this one

And this one shows off my sexy back

Excuse me, this is my photo shoot. Wait your turn.

Yellow-rumped Warblers: Yes, butter-butts again. They are everywhere. This was our first female, though, flying with her mate.

This is the upstroke

This is the downstroke

That’s how you fly

I assume you’ve captured me and my lovely wife in order to get the secret of flight out of me…?

(The female is the lighter grey one on the left.)

All photos in this post by M. LaBarbera, except for the Yellow-rumped Warbler photos.

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