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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!

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!

    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.

    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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