This evening some staff and volunteers from Jamestown Audubon joined me to band some Northern Saw-whet Owls. First few net checks we had come up empty and just before they were about to leave we heard what I believed to be a Saw-whets vocalizing around the net! Of course I kept them past their bed time and they waited to see if we would end up catching an owl with our next check.
I am soo glad that they decided to stay because “that” net-check we had two fluff balls in the mist net. Patrick got to release the first bird and Jen (from A passion for nature) released the second bird. Finally they were able to headed home happy with being able to see these cute little fluff balls. You might also recognize Sara and Rex from flickr (not sure if everyone else had flickr accounts or not – Jen help??)!! I did capture a third bird after they left and very happy with the 3 birds considering the southern winds we had! Thanks again guys for such wonderful company this evening.