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Weekend Visitors

Saw-whet banding
Young Naturalist J glad to be banding again!!

We had more visitors at the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station this evening than owls! I need to high-five Grace 🙂 for helping locate our 70th bird of the season (in the mist net) and then allowing me to barrow a book that I need to read. Mike and Terry decided to head home early after banding our first 2 fluff balls (thanks for visiting). Grace left only minutes before we captured our 3rd bird and then recaptured the 2nd bird again (The owl must be net happy).

Harry Potter
Young Naturalist J releasing a Saw-whet!

We were able to get Young Naturalist J out to the banding station this weekend (finally) and of course he kept me awake much longer than I would have normally stay up banding! We finally closed the nets up at 2:30am due to the temperatures dropping and was only able to catch 3 different individuals. I anticipate tomorrow being a better night with northern winds pushing through the area (but then again I was wrong about yesterday!)!

Ok, off to bed everyone . . . . Good night and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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22 responses

  1. Powerbirder

    Now that is one happy youngster! If you look at the pics of the owl posted on 11/2 and all the others…Is there a chance it could be cross-eyed?

    3 November 2007 at 4:58 am

  2. banderparents

    yea! We are so happy that the weather finally cooperated on a weekend and Young Naturalist J got to band again and that there were plenty of owls. Thank you.

    3 November 2007 at 8:22 am

  3. I’ve been wondering where J’s been! Glad he was able to make it out and the owls were cooperating. And Grace, too! Yay!

    3 November 2007 at 8:25 am

  4. That’s one happy naturalist. You must really, really, love doing this to stay out in the cold and up until 2:30 AM. I can say I stayed up one night watching a caterpillar turn into a chrysalis until those hours (but I was nice and warm.)

    3 November 2007 at 9:47 am

  5. Marg

    Oh I’m so glad J got out! Hurray!

    now if only I could……………..

    3 November 2007 at 10:12 am

  6. They look like the best of friends in that last photo. The pure joy on Young J’s face is priceless…

    3 November 2007 at 10:41 am

  7. There really is something about these owls that makes me want to hold one. I think I’d be smiling is broadly as Young Naturalist J here.

    3 November 2007 at 11:14 am

  8. Grace

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    I should have stayed another 15 minutes. Have a nice vacation. See you on the 15th.

    3 November 2007 at 12:02 pm

  9. @ Powerbirder – we all were happy but for sure he was happy with this fluff ball! I didn’t notice anything different when it had its eyes open!
    @ Banderparents – It was great having someone doing all the banding for me! Anytime for sure!
    @ Pam – I so agree and only wished we had a few more owls!
    @ Erie – their were many happy naturalist their! It was very cold out their last night! Brrr
    @ Marg – 🙂 and I agree with you coming out! I am off all next week and birds are starting to slow down!
    @ Jayne – Doesn’t take much to make us banders happy!
    @ Robin – You talking a road trip?? I could make that happen!
    @ Grace – See you soon and I am back in the office on the 13th!

    3 November 2007 at 12:50 pm

  10. Tom– I just finished a 900 mile roadtrip. I’m not ready for another, longer one. Dang. Sure do love those Saw-whets!

    3 November 2007 at 5:10 pm

  11. Kaz

    I’m always speechless when it comes to your owl shots. Just beautiful! I have a little bird I was wondering if you could ID for me. I’m sure it is some kind of Nuthatch, but it’s definitely smaller than the ones I’m used to seeing. I’ll post it on my blog by tomorrow.

    3 November 2007 at 7:30 pm

  12. Kaz

    Nevermind.. I found it… it is a Red Breasted Nuthatch. Brave little soul that one!

    3 November 2007 at 7:54 pm

  13. I would be as happy as J if I were holding a saw-whet! His excitement was probably what kept you up so late, that’s cute 🙂

    3 November 2007 at 11:21 pm

  14. LOB

    So glad to see J’s happy face again! Tell him (and banderparents) that I said Hi. You guys are the greatest!

    3 November 2007 at 11:34 pm

  15. Looks like he may be taking over your job pretty soon!

    3 November 2007 at 11:35 pm

  16. Young Naturalist J is making me feel jealous. What a great opportunity this is for him. You are an awesome mentor, Tom.

    4 November 2007 at 12:47 am

  17. Saw-whets…sweetness wrapped in fluff.
    The hot news around here is the record number of saw-whets being netted in Indiana. 175 in two counties. The banders are all in a tizzy, let me tell you.

    4 November 2007 at 1:46 am

  18. rick

    the owl is still grabbing a hold of the bag! j must be having a hard time with it

    4 November 2007 at 2:50 am

  19. @ Robin – Maybe you can think of it for a future trip?? Thanks!
    @ Kaz – thanks for your kind words! I have to spend some time catching up with everyone’s blogs and sorry that I didn’t get to it sooner! And Red-breasted Nuthatch!! ACE!!
    @ Chicago – we all get excited like that . . . even when have banded 75 per season!
    @ LOB – Linda, you are such a sweetheart! He has read this and his parents read the blog on a regular basis also! Thanks (now when are we getting you out here?)!! We now open at 5:30!
    @ Larry – Naa, he is just waiting till he can start his own project!
    @ Mary – He does a great job and made it an easy weekend for me! He did all the work!
    @ Susan – It has been an amazing year for sure and can’t wait to see how many I actually end up catching!
    @ Rick – LOL, for some reason J couldn’t get him to let go of that bag!

    4 November 2007 at 10:44 am

  20. I can never get enough of these owl shots, they are so cool, nice work Tom 🙂

    4 November 2007 at 7:43 pm

  21. Love that smile! What a great kid. 😀

    5 November 2007 at 1:57 pm

  22. @ Bernie – glad you enjoyed them and not getting sick of their picture!
    @ Lisa – thanks and he is!

    5 November 2007 at 6:50 pm

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