Return of the bycatch

We only try to catch juncos, but when you have nets up in good habitat, some accidental capture of other species seems to be inevitable. These other species—our “bycatch”—are quickly extracted from the nets and released, although not without a few photos first.

Fox Sparrow

Do you know who I am?

Do you know who I am?

Unhand me at once!

Unhand me at once!

I am ashamed, for what I am about to do is entirely beneath my dignity. But you leave me no choice.

I am ashamed, for what I am about to do is entirely beneath my dignity. But you leave me no choice.

BITE ATTACK!

BITE ATTACK!

Male Golden-crowned Kinglet

Wow you're a big animal.

Wow you’re a big animal.

You must be using size to compensate for something. Perhaps you lack…

You must be using size to compensate for something. Perhaps you lack…

…a crown?

…a crown?

Female American Robin

Omigosh omigosh.

Omigosh omigosh.

Maybe if I stretch out horizontally, it will think I'm a twig and let go of me.

Maybe if I stretch out horizontally, it will think I’m a twig and let go of me.

Male Red-breasted Nuthatch

You think I'm intimidated by you? Hah!

You think I’m intimidated by you? Hah!

I spend all my time hanging head-first from the sides of trees. I'm not scared of anything.

I spend all my time hanging head-first from the sides of trees. I’m not scared of anything.

This whole situation is beneath me.

This whole situation is beneath me.

Unknown (anyone?) flycatcher

Hrumph.

Hrumph.

Now I'm giving you the eyeball.

Now I’m giving you the eyeball.

Yeah, YOU.

Yeah, YOU.

We caught two other birds too, but they were so cool that I’m giving them their own separate post. Be excited.

(If you like bycatch posts, you can find last year’s in the “bycatch” category. We had some great birds last year too!)

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4 thoughts on “Return of the bycatch

  1. I am excited! What birds could they be?
    You are so lucky to be able to get up close to these birds! And, luckily for the bycatch (I picture one of the little birds saying “Bycatch? Who you calling bycatch?”) you seem to genuinely care for these wonderful creatures. I guess that is an important part of being a field biologist.

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