Recapture

13 October 2014

The winds were a bit shifty last night starting out from the south and then eventually moving over from the east. We had a few birds trickle through-seven more saw-whets were banded plus one recapture.

The recapture was a bird I banded on 27 September–17 days ago. At the time, given the wing chord and weight of the bird, the sex was unknown. When I weighed it last night, it had gained 11 grams, which enabled me to sex the bird as a female. I think it’s really interesting that she stayed in this area for that long.

The forecast looks pretty sad for the next few nights, though it’s hard to say what it’s really going to do. Tonight, however, there is 100% chance of rain, so we will not be banding this evening.

Stay tuned.