Busy weekend but I was still able to get my Northern Saw-whet Owl nets up for the 2007 season. If you didn’t know . . . . for the months of October and November (with cooperative weather) I am out banding Northern Saw-whet Owls here in Allegany State Park.
I don’t normally start my season until the 1st of October but “I just couldn’t wait anymore”, they are open right now as I type!!! Although I am probably going to close early tonight due to winds and I am hearing a flying squirrel near net C (they just chew up my nets). It is so strange getting back into the routine again of checking the nets for Saw-whets. It feels just like yesterday when I had been out banding those puff-balls last. Where does the time go?
Other nature related things from this weekend . . . . I did get out yesterday for a quick walk around Red House Lake. I had a bunch of Chipping Sparrows, White-Throated Sparrows (first for the fall in this area for me) and Junco’s flying around the dogwoods. I spent some time watching the Eastern Bluebirds gorging on the berries . . . . then I saw an unexpected male Scarlet Tanager quickly darting in and out of the trees (probably my last one of the year 😦 sad face). I did capture its picture but wasn’t anything worth posting on here (sorry). As I was about to leave . . . . one of the local Pine Warblers showed itself and plopped right in front of my camera. You guessed it . . . . click. . . . click . . . . click . . . .