Everything but Saw-whets Last Night
What an evening!
The goal of my Northern Saw-whet Owl project is catching Saw-whets! But, in order to make that happen . . . . you sometimes have a few obstacles to work around. The video above was the Barred Owl who spent a great deal of the evening vocalizing around the nets. Hello Mr. Barred Owl . . . You are not helping me!! Go fly somewhere else!!
Speakers used to attract Saw-whets (and obviously everything else)
I have been hearing many squeaks in the woods that are very recognizable to me. They are neither songbirds nor are they the squeaks from any owls! But they do come from an animal that flies from tree to tree. The photo below shows one of the flying squirrels that have invaded the area!! Ugg, Hello Mr. Flying Squirrel . . . You are not helping me!! Go “fly” somewhere else!!
FYI: This little booger was an easy one to get out; I just pulled the pocket open (yep the nets have pockets in them) and out jumped the squirrel! It only chewed a small hole in the net “this time”!! Did you know that the flying squirrel has the softest fur ever?? OK: The Real Truth . . . . After taking its picture . . . . I touched its tail a few times . . . . and then let it go. How many times do you get a chance to touch a wild squirrel’s tail? I just couldn’t help myself!