News from the banding station 1 November

On 30 October, Ed Pike filled in for Selena Creed and ran the banding station until 0100 hours. Winds started out at 8-12 mph from the southwest and eventually began blowing from the south. The movement was rather slow, but two Northern Saw-whet Owls were captured-a real treat for our patient visitors. One of the birds was a new capture for us and the second bird was a foreign retrap originally banded at Yellowwood State Forest, Indiana in November of 2012. They banded this bird as a second year female, which makes her at least 5 years old.

Last night, the wind and rain kept the banding station closed. Tonight, however, looks like a good night despite the gusting west winds. They’re predicted to die down as the night progresses and will, hopefully, bring a few birds with them.