Owl Banding 10/24/16

Point LaBarbe, St. Ignace, MI
Night of October 24th, 2016

I’m not sure yet if migration is slowing down or it was the Southeast winds that kept movement down so low last night, but I only caught 2 new Saw-whets last night! Southeast winds are notoriously bad for migration, as it’s not a very good idea for owls to try and fly south into a head wind! Of the 2 birds netted, 1 was an after second year female, and the other was a hatch year male. Coupled with last night’s low numbers I’m wondering if migration is almost over, I’m hoping not as there is still about 2 weeks left in the banding season. Maybe the owls are better at telling the weather (unlike the meteorologists!) and they know something about the front that has been trying to move in for the last couple days. I’ll just have to wait and see!

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