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A great night of diversity Last night’s west winds brought a few birds to the point. A few saw-whets were captured between dusk and 2100 hours and our first Barred Owl of the season came in at 2200 hours. I wasn’t able to capture an image of the bird, but I do have several bite marks on my hands for proof. It was a feisty one-and smelly, too.  After banding and releasing the barred, I checked the far locations and found a Long-eared Owl in the passive net. That makes our second long-eared for the season with hopefully more to come in the next nine nights left on the point.

buy prednisolone 5mg for dogs in uk We still haven’t captured any long-eareds in the LEOW audio lure location, which has us wondering if we need to change things up next season. There has been a recent increase in banding stations using a LEOW audio lure to bring in long-eareds and some banders are reporting having success. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes and make changes where we think are necessary.

After 0100 hours, the winds switched to the southwest, which slowed the movement to a screeching halt. In total, six Northern Saw-whets were captured last night along with the barred and long-eared owls. Season totals at this time are listed below.

Northern Saw-whet Owl: 232
Barred Owl: 1
Long-eared Owl: 2

Tonight’s wind is predicted to be out of the west at 5 mph, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that a few more birds move thru. As always, stay tuned.

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.

Owl update

After having the last three nights off due to inclement weather, I was really looking forward to opening the nets last night. The winds were out of the NW at around 14 mph to start out and I was hopeful for a push of birds. Six hefty females were captured between 2000 hours and 0100 hours. At around 0100 hours, the temperature dropped to below freezing and frost  collected on the mist nets, which scintillated in the moonlight. If I could see it without my headlamp on, the owls could, too. From 0100 hours to 0600 hours, the nets remained empty.

We’re at 215 Northern Saw-whet Owls and one Long-eared Owl with 12 nights left of banding. Still time for a busy night or two.


A dreary Monday night

Periodic drizzle throughout the night prevented me from opening the banding station and the next two nights don’t look any better. An east wind 15-20 mph is predicted for tonight and for Wednesday night there is an 80% chance of showers along with a 15 mph SW wind. It’s hard to say what the weather will do Thursday, but the weekend looks good so far.

Not the most exciting update, I know. 🙂


Owls: Night of 25 October

Well, I wasn’t bombarded with owls last night. I know it’s getting a little late in the migration, but I figured with as hot and cold as the migration has been this fall we’d see a couple more good pushes of birds. Last night was not one of them and I couldn’t help but wonder why. Ed thinks that the lack of wind kept the birds from moving much and I tend to agree with him. Of course, this is all just speculation, but perhaps the owls prefer to move when there is a bit of a wind for them to take advantage of. That way they conserve a bit of energy on their journey south versus flapping the entire time. Last night was dead calm for the most part and the big lake was like glass.

Eight new Northern Saw-whet Owls were captured and banded last night and all three net locations saw a little action from the birds. Most interesting, in my opinion, was a saw-whet captured in the Long-eared Owl audio lure location directly below the audio lure. This is the second saw-whet capture in this location, so perhaps the audio lure doesn’t deter saw-whets from moving through that area like we had wondered.

Tonight looks like a wash with the rain/drizzle predicted. It looks like it could clear up after midnight, so, if that happens, the nets will be dropped and we’ll give it a try. Winds are predicted to be light SSE.


The rain showers ended earlier than expected last night and the banding station was up and running just after 2000 hours. Still, the WNW winds (gusting to 25 mph) were pretty brutal most of the night, which definitely had an impact on the movement. In fact, the first saw-whet wasn’t captured until 0200 hours when the winds died down to about 10 mph…thirty minutes AFTER the group of students from Sault College left (You called it, Rob). That’s usually how it works out, isn’t it? I appreciate everyone sticking around as long as they did though. As you all know, that’s just the nature of wildlife surveys, eh?

Even after the winds died down, the nets didn’t see much action. Between 0200 hours and 0700 hours, five Northern Saw-whets Owls were captured and banded. I am pleased to say that we are now just over 200 birds.

Based on the two weather forecasts I’ve looked at for tonight, I’m banking on a busy evening. Light north winds becoming calm after midnight! Stay tuned.

NSWO: 201

Our 200th Northern Saw-whet Owl of the 2015 Fall banding season. Photo by Selena Creed

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


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

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

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

East winds AND saw-whets

The night started off clear with light winds from the east. Between 2000 hours and 0030 hours, eight new saw-whets were captured and banded. I was pleased to see a small movement of birds before the winds picked up. By midnight, the winds had increased to 12 mph, which pretty much shut the movement down. No other owls were captured between 0030 hours and dawn, which made for long stretch. Still, not a bad night considering the east winds, eh?

Total NSWO count: 181 and counting.

I’m hoping for a few birds tonight with the predicted northwest winds ahead of us. It’s supposed to be rather windy (15-20) with gusts as high as 30 mph, but, as usual, we’ll just have to see how it goes.

18 October Owl Update

Winds were strong from the southwest all night and not much was moving. The first of two saw-whets came through at 0330 hours and the second was captured at 0630 hours just before the winds hit 15 mph (although they were gusting higher than that all night).

We just had a little drizzle move through the point and the winds are exceeding 18 mph from the west. We’ll see how the night goes. For now, the nets will remain closed until these winds die down, which they’re predicted to do. Fingers crossed for a push of birds once this weather settles.