First Long-eared Owl of the season

The night started off with a bang with two owls in the net on the first net check. One Northern Saw-whet Owl (a repeat bird we had banded a couple of weeks ago) and our very first Long-eared Owl of the season. There was zero wind at dusk, so with that in mind and the two owls on the first net check, I was gearing up for a big night.  It wouldn’t have been the first time the forecast was wrong, right? Well, not so. At about 2100 hours, the winds came in like a lion from the west. I kept the nets open and caught two more saw-whets before having to close up at 0100 hours.

I’m expecting a killer movement tonight with light (FINALLY!!!) northwest winds predicted.
NSWO: 183
LEOW: 1

Long-eared Owl, 21 October2015. Photo by Selena Creed

Long-eared Owl, 21 October2015. Photo by Selena Creed