Owl Banding, April 12/13

We banded two Northern Saw-whet Owls last night.  I guess I should say this morning, beacause the first was captured around 2:45am and the second around 5:15am.  The first owl was a thrid year female with a full brood patch.  The second owl was an after third year female, and she was a big bird by saw-whet standards, weighing 108 grams.

It seems like the owl migration may have finally started up again! We are excited to see what develops over the next few nights.  The forecast for tonight is partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 30’s and southeast winds.

Here are a couple of my favorite photos I’ve taken so far this season.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl

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Long-eared Owl