Owl Banding 10/18/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 18th, 2016

After a night off due to bad weather, we had a fantastic night of banding, totaling in 56 birds netted! It seemed that a ton of birds had trickled their way down south and were waiting in the trees for a nice night to cross the straits. As soon as nets were open we were drowning in birds and there were 16 birds in the first net run, which is very unusual, as we usually don’t catch anything in the first run. Out of the 56 birds netted last night, 54 were new birds, 1 was a repeat from the previous night, and the other was a foreign retrap. We totaled 39 female birds (25 hatch years, 2 second years, and 10 after second years), 5 males (4 hatch years, and 1 second), and 11 undetermined sex (10 hatch years, and 1 second year).

One male hatch year Saw-whet was partially leucistic and had one white talon!
One male hatch year Saw-whet was partially leucistic and had one white talon!

 

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