11 October 2014
Before I start, I want to apologize for spacing out on posting the update for Thursday night. It was a rather exciting night and not because of numbers, but because we caught something new.
At the 2230 hr net check, my heart skipped a beat when I saw a large clump in the bottom panel of one of the nets. My first thought was, “Oh, no. Another snowshoe”, but this time it was indeed a barred owl.
Thankfully, after banding and releasing the dark-eyed beauty, it continued on its way and didn’t become a nuisance. I’ll post a picture tomorrow.
We caught a total of 9 owls Thursday night (one barred and eight saw-whets) and banded eight of them as one of the saw-whets was already banded. We’ll know a more about where said owl was banded later this week and I’ll be sure to share the info.
Last night was our busiest night so far, but not by much. We banded 13 saw-whets between 2030 hrs-0530 hrs. The last two hours of the morning were pretty quiet.
Tonight looks like another good night as far as the weather goes, so hopefully the visiting members of the Cheboygan Audubon will get to see a few owls this evening. Looking forward to seeing you out there. Bundle up!