Owl News: 22 October-23 October

On 22 October, the predicted NW winds did not disappoint. Thirteen Northern Saw-whet Owls were captured and two of these birds were already wearing bands. Information was available for only one of these birds at this time: the after second year female was banded at WPBO April 26, 2014. Shortly after midnight, the winds switched and began blowing from the east, which slowed the movement down. Blasted east winds…

Inclement weather last night (23 October) shut banding operations down shortly after dusk. I was hoping the rain and high winds would hold off for a bit, but no such luck there. Tonight is looking pretty iffy with a 50% chance of rain showers predicted before midnight with NW winds as high as 20 mph.

Checking for body molt. Photo by Steve Baker

Checking for body molt. Photo by Steve Baker

Photogenic Northern Saw-whet Owl on Pointe La Barbe. Photo by Steve Baker

Photogenic Northern Saw-whet Owl on Pointe La Barbe. Photo by Steve Baker

Photo by Steve Baker

Photo by Steve Baker