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Little Visitors

Kids smiling for moms picture!

I had some smiling little visitors at the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station tonight. I expected a “big” night with North-West winds but was only able to banded 3 different individual owls. Not sure why the other evening I captured 4 individuals with southern winds?? I assume science will just keep us guessing with unexpected answers! At least our future birders were happy and of course they didn’t want to head home!! Dad promised they could come back again before the end of the season.

lazy looking out the window
Lazy watching the banding through the window!

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22 responses

  1. Powerbirder

    D and B loved it and I will keep my promise! You can expect us more in the future – maybe not on a school night (waking up was tough this morning!)Your blog is very nice and greatly informative. Thank you for a night the kids will always remember.

    2 November 2007 at 5:46 am

  2. Those kids are just too cute. I can just picture them giggling and getting excited over the owls.
    Love the cat picture.
    I’m almost ready for this exhibition and will soon be back on a regular visiting schedule.
    I saw Sarah Sargent yesterday at the TREC center so were your ears burning? She was surprised at how young you were.

    2 November 2007 at 7:15 am

  3. @ PBirder – thanks you finally made it to the station! Was hard for me to get up in the morning also!
    @ Toni – thanks and glad you did check in today! I really am not that young! LOL! My ears were not ringing but does explain that song in my head that I couldn’t get out!

    2 November 2007 at 8:16 am

  4. I bet they will never forget their time with you and the owls.

    2 November 2007 at 8:48 am

  5. How wonderful that you share these experiences with children. They are the future. Those two kids are just precious! I’m assuming that is one of your cats? He/she is so cute.

    2 November 2007 at 9:11 am

  6. Lisa at Greenbow

    Those small humans really show how small the Saw Whets are. Both are darling.

    Lazy is a color-wise feline version of my dog Luna.

    2 November 2007 at 9:27 am

  7. Grace

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    2 November 2007 at 10:42 am

  8. I’m starting to worry about myself. I watched the weather report yesterday evening and my first through was “I bet Tom will have a good night banding”. Quickly followed by “I wish I could make it down there…”

    2 November 2007 at 12:12 pm

  9. Regarding your comment about the relation between the wind direction and capturing the birds, it goes to show that just when you think you’ve figured out the behavior of wild animals to a T, they promptly let you know that you don’t know what you think you know!

    Wonderful photo. I love the way the kids are looking up (probably at a different camera) while the owl is looking right at you!

    2 November 2007 at 2:08 pm

  10. Grace

    Do you know the “Harvard law of animal behavior”???

    2 November 2007 at 3:48 pm

  11. Great photo of those young bird enthusiasts!

    2 November 2007 at 5:46 pm

  12. OMG Tom that is the cutest photo of the kids and the owl!! I bet that made your night to have these little visitors and their parents. I *love* the photo of Lazy, too! She’s such a pretty kitty!

    2 November 2007 at 8:33 pm

  13. Very cute kids and a very pretty Lazy. Nice night!

    2 November 2007 at 9:08 pm

  14. NatureShutterbug

    Don’t know which is the cutest: cat, bird or kids. Certainly, an overall cutest of all posts.

    2 November 2007 at 10:07 pm

  15. @ Sherry – I sure hope so! Thanks
    @ Erie – That is Lazy and she is one of my cats! Glad that I am able to share these moments with them on school nights to boot!
    @ Lisa – They are tiny for sure! Thanks!
    @ Grace 🙂
    @ Jeremy – Now you are talking! When are you going to make it down?
    @ Bobbie – Exactly and perfectly said! Thanks and they are looking at mom’s camera (I was the one holding the owl)
    @ threecollie – thanks and they are for sure!
    @ NatureWoman – It’s always great having company at the banding station! She gets like that from time to time wondering what I am doing!
    @ Mary – thanks!
    @ NatureShutterbug – thanks and not sure which I could pick also! My mother would probably pick her cat though!

    3 November 2007 at 2:04 am

  16. How sweet that they visited and got to have a photo with a fluff ball! :c)

    3 November 2007 at 10:40 am

  17. Great to see kids getting such a thrill with it. Of course, I would probably be just as giddy.

    3 November 2007 at 11:20 am

  18. Cute picture of the kids.-That must be like must-see-kitty-t.v. for that cat.

    3 November 2007 at 11:34 pm

  19. @ Jayne – It is great that everyone gets to see an owl! I have had years where visitors come multiple times without ever seeing one!
    @ Marty – it is fun for sure and you should look for a station near you!
    @ Larry – thanks and at this point they kind ignore the birds and just wondering when I will come back inside to give them attention! Also, in the summer this is really their room to hang-out in!

    4 November 2007 at 10:50 am

  20. Ahh too cute! I love the “stink eye” the Owl is giving you in the first photo. Your poor kitty looks like it wants an owl-friend 🙂

    5 November 2007 at 10:49 am

  21. That picture of the kids made me giggle. The kids look so happy and adorable, and the owl does NOT look happy.

    Lazy is such a pretty kitty cat! What a lovely shot of her in the window!

    5 November 2007 at 1:58 pm

  22. @ Adam – thanks and I think it was more getting into its hiding face!
    @ Lisa – glad you enjoyed it! Like I just said, I think the owl is closing its eyes to hide from me!

    5 November 2007 at 6:49 pm

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