Saw-whets . . . . did you expect anything else?
Last night I caught another 3 more Northern Saw-whet Owls. These three were not your average captures and defiantly kept me on my feet while banding them. The first bird was a foreign recapture (banded by someone else) that was originally banded in Pennsylvania last November (2006). I can’t wait to hear more from the Bird Banding Lab about whom and where this bird was first found.
Deformed Saw-whet Bill
Then my last bird of the evening had an extra long upper mandible and deformed lower mandible. Because of these deformities . . . . the bill almost has a cross bill look to it! Good news was this freak bird was very health and a second year bird (adult). This morning I received numerous emails from raptor bill experts and I have been sharing my pictures with them. Will let you know if I hear anything else about them.
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