Well, yes. Yes, the being had long ears. However, it wasn’t an owl at all; it was a snowshoe hare of all things. One can imagine my excitement as I approached the net and saw that something was in it. The excitement quickly subsided when I saw that it had fur instead of feathers. The snowshoe was released unharmed, but I cannot say the same for the net.
All in all, it was a pretty good night having banded a total of nine saw-whets with the last one coming through at around 0600 hrs.