Owl Banding 10/8/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 8th, 2016

Strong western winds and scattered showers made for an exciting night of banding. Winds topped out at 19 miles per hour but it seemed to blow lots of birds into our nets, and we ended up with a total of 44 birds caught! 4 birds were foreign retraps (already having bands from other banding stations). One bird was banded in Duluth in 2014 making the bird as at least 2 years old, another bird was banded here in St. Ignace in 2014 making it at least 6 years old, and the last bird we were able to retrieve banding history was a bird that was banded in Cheboygan this spring… I wish I could say I recognized the bird! Of the new birds that received bands, 29 were female (15 hatch years, 5 second years, and 9 after second year birds), 6 birds were male (all hatch year birds), and 7 were unknown sex (6 hatch years, and 1 second year).