East winds AND saw-whets

The night started off clear with light winds from the east. Between 2000 hours and 0030 hours, eight new saw-whets were captured and banded. I was pleased to see a small movement of birds before the winds picked up. By midnight, the winds had increased to 12 mph, which pretty much shut the movement down. No other owls were captured between 0030 hours and dawn, which made for long stretch. Still, not a bad night considering the east winds, eh?

Total NSWO count: 181 and counting.

I’m hoping for a few birds tonight with the predicted northwest winds ahead of us. It’s supposed to be rather windy (15-20) with gusts as high as 30 mph, but, as usual, we’ll just have to see how it goes.

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