Another seven northern saw-whets were captured at the banding station last night. Six were banded by yours truly and one was a foreign retrap (previously banded at another location). I’ll work on getting the info on that bird later this weekend and will, of course, share it here.
What I find interesting is that many of our foreign retraps were captured in the passive net and not the audio lure net. Ed and I briefly talked about this today and think it’s a possibility that previously banded saw-whets might avoid the audio lure all together. It’s an interesting thought.
So, as far as numbers go, I’m impressed that we’re at 200+ owls-especially with how many rain/high wind nights we’ve had all season. We’ve had only one really big push of birds where we caught 40 owls and the rest of the nights ranged anywhere from 0-20 owls. A part of me really hopes to see a couple more big nights, but it’s getting late in the migration, so that might not occur. Still, I’m happy to be catching a few here and there. Its hard to believe things will be wrapping up in just 11 more days. If you haven’t had the chance to come up, hopefully you find some time between now and our end date. I can’t guarantee any owls, but the view here sure is something else.