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My Best Night Ever

Another Saw-whet Big Night
The cutest fluff ball of the night!

I am soo tired and need to head to bed (it has been a long night!)! I just had to tell you about the 17 birds I caught this evening! Without a doubt this was my best night ever for the Allegany State Park Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station!! Perfect North East winds . . . . did I say perfect everything for migration?? I need to be at work at 8am tomorrow . . . . so I guess to continue going till sunrise isn’t an option!! When I closed my nets I could still hear a few Saw-whets moving around and vocalizing!! I should have stayed open!!   Ugg

Nancy Helping
Thanks Nancy for your help this evening!

I promise to catch up with everyone’s blogs here soon!! I have like 75 RSS feeds to look at!! Ugg!

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22 responses

  1. Such a sweet, little owl. I don’t think we ‘grow’ them like that in Wisconsin. Your photo is perfect, even if you are now a sleep-deprived zombie.

    16 October 2007 at 2:59 am

  2. I just can’t get over how little they are and how they almost look like caricatures with those huge eyes! Congratulations on such a prolific night of banding!

    16 October 2007 at 6:25 am

  3. winterwoman

    Oh… just take a break from the feeds… we won’t take it personally! Catch more owls!

    16 October 2007 at 6:27 am

  4. My favorite owl because of your posts!

    16 October 2007 at 7:28 am

  5. Owls are more important than feeds!
    You do need to sleep.
    Thank you for more incredible photos.
    I too love these little owls now that you have shown how darling they are!
    What do they eat?
    Migration will be over soon.
    Enjoy your owls!
    Sherry

    16 October 2007 at 7:40 am

  6. That is very neat, 17 birds. ~nita~

    16 October 2007 at 7:55 am

  7. Congrats on a Big Night!

    I can relate after Sunday Night! Last only a Mere 8 “Fluff Balls”.Isn’t a great feeling to be Dog Tired and still feel the Urge to continue Banding!

    16 October 2007 at 8:49 am

  8. Congrats on your big night! It must be thrilling to examine and hold those beautiful northern birds.

    16 October 2007 at 8:54 am

  9. Gorgeous … you’re a lucky man to see so many of these beautiful birds.

    16 October 2007 at 9:15 am

  10. If there’s anything that’s cuter than a saw-whet owl, I can’t think of it right now. Congratulations!

    Carolyn H.
    http://roundtoprumings.blogspot.com

    16 October 2007 at 9:18 am

  11. Sounds great! Love the pics!

    16 October 2007 at 9:27 am

  12. @ garden grow Barb – thanks and you do have saw-whets over in Wisconsin! I would have to bet you have maybe even more than we are getting over their!
    @ Jayne – they do have cute eyes but if you would have gotten taloned as many times as I did last night, you might start thinking differently of them!
    @ Jen – I kinda have but they are talking maybe rain tonight! I should be able to catch up some! Thanks though!
    @ Rebecca – awww thanks!
    @ Sherry, thanks and almost didn’t even get a blog post because I was so busy with them! Safety of the birds are my number 1 priority! They eat voles, mice, birds, insects etc.. I will be banding them till late November.
    @ nita – Was a great night for sure! Thanks
    @ garth – Thanks and would have loved to continue but just had to get to work in the morning!
    @ Lynne – Thanks and it is nice working with them! well until they talon you!
    @ marty – thanks and the Ontario banders have been banding them in almost the 1000 numbers! But then again they have a good spot and doing all night long!
    @ Carolyn – thanks and can’t wait to hear!
    @ Patrick – Thanks and glad you enjoyed them! hey you ever get my email?

    16 October 2007 at 10:01 am

  13. That first photo is awesome! Glad you had a successful night, and get some rest!

    16 October 2007 at 11:47 am

  14. Those eyes! Looks like baby doll eyes.

    16 October 2007 at 12:45 pm

  15. 17!!!! Holy saw-whet owls batman!! Heck Tom, keep the nets open, you can go out in the woods and sleep somewhere for work – only kidding of course!

    16 October 2007 at 3:57 pm

  16. You may be tired, but you do lead a charmed life! 17!

    16 October 2007 at 4:06 pm

  17. Very Cool!

    16 October 2007 at 5:31 pm

  18. Marg

    I thought I checked here this morning-how’d I miss this? SEVENTEEN! Whoot-whoot!

    I hope you get some sleep sometime 😀

    16 October 2007 at 7:46 pm

  19. Just checking in! wow 17!
    Don’t worry about the feeds just band the owls and get some sleep. We will all still be here.

    16 October 2007 at 9:11 pm

  20. Oooh. Love those owls. Can’t believe they’re real!

    16 October 2007 at 11:50 pm

  21. @ Adam – thanks and did!
    @ Mary – they are cute for sure!
    @ Pam – I think I need to take a few days off to catch up with rain!
    @ Robin – thanks and we all need to live our life which makes us happy!
    @ Laura – thanks
    @ Marg – Thanks but glad you found it!
    @ Toni – thanks and rain days should happen again soon!
    @ Abby – thanks and they are for sure! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    17 October 2007 at 7:38 pm

  22. Congratulations on your success! We were trying to find just one Saw-whet the other day but had no luck.

    17 October 2007 at 8:50 pm

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