Tuesday night, October 16, saw quite a bit of action at the set with 8 unbanded owls, as well as a hatchyear female who was banded at Hilliardton, Ont. It’s wonderful that this bird is so inclined to get caught, because it tells us a great deal about her stop-by-stop pathway as she heads south.
Also! Take a look at the odd pupil distortion in this After Second Year saw whet. Apparently it hasn’t hindered her any given her good condition and ripe old age!
I was able to open the nets every day except Thursday night, as I was stymied by high winds. The weather still hasn’t been favorable, yet I’ve played with 2 owls every night so far and I’m certainly very happy about that! Since Wednesday I caught 6 owls, with 4 of those being hatchyear birds. I am glad to see more babies moving through.
Weather conditions look… OK for tonight. Supposedly it’s going to be cloudy and calm later with a chance of owls, so we shall see about that.
Until next time,