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Don’t Forget to Turns Your Clocks Back!

Photo by Young Naturalist J.

We had another busy night at the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station here in Allegany State Park. We had a fellow birdbander and 3 others from the Allegheny National Forest visit us this evening. They were able to see 2 of our Saw-whet Owls being banded and then be released (before heading home). We also had Sarah from Jamestown Audubon visit for most of the evening (and she was able to see 4 of the birds)! I tried to convince her to stay later but she needed to head home. I know that she made the right decision since we did not catch anything again until the wee hours of the night. It has been wonderful with so many visitors visiting the banding station this week.

A second late for that perfect release photo!.

Young Naturalist J was also around this evening to help as the banding assistant. We had a great evening with 5 different individuals captured (now up to 75 newly banded fluff balls for the season so far). We had 1 individual recaptured from last Tuesday which it had gained 1 gram of weight since last Tuesday (actually caught it twice this evening). We also captured 3 other individuals that were newly banded birds and then the one 1 foreign recaptured bird (yeah, someone else’s bird!!). We reported this bird to the Bird Banding Lab but unable to learn any additional info on its origin. I do have a very strong suspicion it was originally banded in Ontario somewhere (but will have to wait to hear back from that bander before confirming that location).

nexrad 3 nov 2007
Nexrad Images of tonight’s migration (click for animation)

Another late night and I am going to sleep! Thanks again for your help this weekend Young Naturalist J!

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17 responses

  1. Birdbander11

    You know that I would come any time I could to get up here! The picture of the owl taking off truly is amazing and I know that you are proud of it=) It would have of been even better if you had it right as it took off! But I can’t lie the wing and tail did come in great. The picture that I took at the top was good also just for the fact that it did not blink. Most of the close up shots that I have taken in the past to nights are either out of focus or the bird is blinking or some had the head turned off to the side in an awkward position. All pictures had perfect timing!!!!

    4 November 2007 at 3:02 am

  2. Marg

    How great that birdbander is getting out and that you’ve caught so many birds this season! All great pics!

    4 November 2007 at 7:50 am

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    I think it is so much fun to find banded birds. I like to send in the info and find out where they come from. I know it takes a lot of time to receive the info. I certainly hope you tell us where your foreign SWOW was banded.

    4 November 2007 at 9:18 am

  4. Great photos Naturalist J! I’m looking forward to finding out where that previously banded bird came from, too.

    4 November 2007 at 9:54 am

  5. Kaz

    Fabulous photo!!!! I’ll have to mention the banding station to hubby and see if we can’t make a visit. I think your love for your work really shows!

    4 November 2007 at 10:12 am

  6. LOL!! I don’t dare not turn my clocks back with the look from that owl! 75 birds, wow! That’s great Tom! Glad J was there again with you, too.

    4 November 2007 at 10:25 am

  7. @ Birdbander11 – Thanks bud and I just love that picture on top, thanks for letting me use it! I think you got some excellent pictures, keep up the great work!
    @ Marg – I agree and hope to catch many more before I have to close! Now we just need to get you out banding these guys!
    @ Lisa – Truly helps understand where all of our birds are coming from! Thanks
    @ Erie – will keep everyone updated but still waiting for info from last years foreign recapture! Sometimes it takes a while!
    @ Kaz – Sweet, with standard time we are opening at 5:30 now and just let me know before you come over.
    @ Pam – we get another hour with the time change (that’s a good thing)!

    4 November 2007 at 10:26 am

  8. Such great pics and a reminder! thank you! 🙂

    4 November 2007 at 10:58 am

  9. That owl looks like he’s willing to turn our clocks back for us!

    4 November 2007 at 12:55 pm

  10. Anytime I can get more sleep I am happy 🙂

    4 November 2007 at 7:41 pm

  11. Gosh, you posted in the middle of the night. Those migration maps are so interesting. You had another good night with the pretty-eyed owls. Great!

    4 November 2007 at 8:47 pm

  12. @ Liz – thanks
    @ Barb – LOL, I think so!
    @ Bernie – I needed the sleep this morning!
    @ Mary – I write between net checks and after we close up I work on finishing! I have many friends (who don’t post) enjoy waking up to hear how I did that night. Thanks!

    4 November 2007 at 9:00 pm

  13. looks like you had a great night. by the way ,your white kitty is beautiful. ~nita~

    5 November 2007 at 12:21 am

  14. Very cool photos, Tom! I’ll have to visit one of our local banding stations one of these days, although I don’t think we have NSWOs here.

    5 November 2007 at 10:52 am

  15. Young Naturalist J is quite the photographer! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

    5 November 2007 at 1:56 pm

  16. I enjoyed going along with you. The photo of the owl is awesome. Last year we had some owls living in the woods along the creek across from our home. I’m not sure what kind they were. We don’t hear them as much during the summer and that seems odd to me, but I’m not an expert on owls. There are a few screech owls in the area. That one I can tell by its call.

    Enjoyed my visit. Have a great week.

    5 November 2007 at 3:10 pm

  17. @ Nita – was great for sure! Thanks
    @ Adam – thanks and I hope you do!
    @ Lisa – he is becoming one for sure!
    @ Mary – welcome to my blog and thanks! Glad to hear about your neighboring owls!

    5 November 2007 at 6:53 pm

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