Owl Banding Update October 5th

Once again in just two days a lot has happened down here at the owl banding station. October 3rd brought un-cooperative weather with strong winds from the south east and rain that was off and on all night. Due to these conditions Frances and I were unable to open the nets.

On October 4th we had our second field trip of the season. We had a fish and wildlife class from Sault College, Ontario. As always, and especially since we had guests, we hoped that the winds would die down and that owl movement would be good. It turned out that this night would be our second busiest of the season as we were able to net 18 Saw-whet owls! Three of these birds were foreign recaps that were banded somewhere else so stay tuned to find out where they came from. It appears that the owls like to show up on nights with a lot of people… coincidence? I’m not sure, we were definitely happy though. We also ended up banding our 100th bird of the season last night and our season total to date is 104. We patiently and hopefully await the movement of Long-eared owls through the area as well.

100th Saw-whet of the Season!

An older owl captured last night, aged as an After second year (ASY) bird. She is in at least her third year of life. We wish you a successful migration!