Trying to Break 80
Snow for Mary
Yesterday evening we had 6 more visitors (people) at the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station here in Allegany State Park. I was lucky to have Young Naturalist J here to help with banding the 5 owls we captured and he will continue to be around for tonight’s banding (if the weather allows).
J removing an owl from the net (photo by his mother)
We started the evening with 76 different individuals captured for the season and very close to breaking the 80 bird mark!! We tried and tried to get at least 4 more birds for the night and was stuck with 3 birds by the time we needed to close the nets (fog was rolling in – 12:30 am). THEN, during our very last net check . . . . not 1 but we caught 2 more fluff balls (taking us to 81)!! You never saw such happy people and we both couldn’t have thought of a more happier way to end the evening than with those 2 birds!!
You might ask what is magical with the 80 birds number?? We have caught 80 birds total for my first three years of the project. I now can say that this year (my 4th year) that we caught more than my first three years combined! AND . . . . I still have another week or two of banding to go!!
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