After weeks of unseasonable weather with rain threats and warm temps all night long the pattern broke late last week as north winds and cool overnight temps prevailed. Usually north winds and cool temps bode well for owl migration. However, with the temperature drop came an unexpected drop in captures. From 14 last Thursday to 7 Friday and 3 or less the last three nights. Spread out over 12 hours, three birds makes for a very long and slow night.
Historically there may yet be another night with double digit captures before we close on November 10. Realistically we are looking at a lot of quiet time between dusk and dawn.
Our capture numbers for the year are 388 for saw whets, 2 for Long Eared and 6 for Barred. If we get to 400 it will be by crawling there. A week ago we thought 500 might be a reasonable target. Not anymore.