Haans Petruschke has been studying Ohio’s disjunct Dark-eyed Junco breeding population since 2017. As part of the project, he fashioned a Dark-eyed Junco decoy out of basswood to draw birds to a banding site. Here’s how he did it: Making Doug started with two sketches of profile and dorsal views of a junco in the posture of a displaying male. The sketches were then glued to a block of basswood, and a scroll saw cut outside the lines. Next was carving with knives and chisels. When the shape was good, details like the eye and auricular area were added. The beak was taken to its final size and shaped last. Then a bastard cut file was used to smooth and add texture. The holes for the legs were drilled.