Four more NSWO were captured and banded on the point last night. The captures included 2 second year females, 1 hatch year female and 1 after second year female. So far, we’ve banded 13 NSWO since 20 September and only three of those have been hatch year birds. I know we can’t conclude anything regarding age class with so few numbers and with how early it is in the season–just an observation that has me intrigued. It’ll be really interesting to see what the coming weeks will show as far as age class goes; such data can give us an idea as to how successful this breeding season was for the species.
On a side note, I’m really looking forward to tonight’s Supermoon eclipse. I just read that it’s the first one since 1982 and that the next one won’t occur until 2033. Right now, it’s pretty overcast in St. Ignace, but fingers crossed things open up as the evening progresses! Here’s to hoping you have clear skies, too.
Winds are predicted to be southwest at 5-10 mph tonight, but with a chance of rain showers moving through tomorrow, there could be a push of birds tonight. As always, time will tell.