Owl Banding Update September 27th

Greetings everyone! After reporting the band number on our foreign recap yesterday we have learned that we captured a bird that was originally banded in Brown County, Wisconsin in the fall of 2016 as a hatch year (HY) bird. We were also happy to hear that we aged it correctly as a second year (SY) bird. It is always reassuring to know that you are aging birds correctly.

On September 25th, we were open all night. The skies were clear, the temperatures finally cooled down a bit, and there was a quarter moon. We suspected that these conditions would contribute to us having another successful night of banding. Indeed, this seemed to be the case as we banded 12 more owls.  On the 26th we were only able to open for a few hours before we had to close due to strong winds but managed to capture 2 more owls bringing our season total to 43 Saw-whets in just a week.

One of 12 Saw-whets captured on the night of the 25th.