Surprised Big Fluff Ball Night!
Don and a Fluff Ball
Saturday evening a fellow bird bander Don Watt and his family joined me for some Saw-whet Owl banding here in Allegany State Park. He is interested in starting his own owl banding station and joined me to get a better idea on how I am catching these tiny owls. I was happy to capture a Northern Saw-whet Owl for them just before they headed home (High Five!).
Releasing the Fluff Ball
Radar showed a rain shower breaking up over Lake Ontario and the winds were >10 mph coming from the West (which isn’t the best weather pattern that I am looking for). I almost closed my nets up around 11pm to head to bed early (happy with one bird) . . . . but a few things changed!! Winds were dieing down, skies cleared up and I suddenly started catching fluff balls!! I looked on Radar and birds were finally flying!!
NEXRAD animation from Weather Underground.
I finally closed my nets at 3am and now ready to climb into bed (but posting this first). I ended up banding 8 Saw-whet Owls this evening and was very please since we started so slow!
Good night everyone and don’t let the bed bugs bite (or if you are reading this you are probably just waking up!)!!