There has been surprisingly little bycatch this year: we’re more than halfway through the field season and so far we’ve only had two non-juncos fly into our nets. As usual, we took some photos of them and then released them.
I love these guys: the red eye, the stripes on the throat, the thick grey bill.
All green on the back.
These guys are very feisty in the hand. They bite a lot, and they’re really grippy. You can see that his feet are clenched.
Gripping my finger. (Don’t worry, it may look strange to be holding him around the neck but it’s perfectly safe to hold birds in this way. This is called “bander’s grip”. Just don’t try to hold mammals this way!)
Still gripping my finger. Check out his lovely brown eye.