Suboptimal weather on the night of 27 September prevented me from a) seeing the lunar eclipse and b) banding many birds. The sky remained cloudy well into the morning except for a break in the clouds around 0300 hours, which allowed for a brief view of the full moon. Winds were a steady 10-15 mph out of the southwest bringing with them a balmy 65 degrees.
One NSWO, dubbed the Blood Moon Bird, was captured and banded around 0100 hours. This owl, an after second year female, was the only catch of the evening.
The banding station was closed last night due to rain. The weather tonight looks great, though, and I’m hopeful for a big push of birds with the colder temps and north winds.