Don’t Forget to Turns Your Clocks Back!
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.
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).
Another late night and I am going to sleep! Thanks again for your help this weekend Young Naturalist J!
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