Movement of Northern Saw-whet Owls
I am soo excited; I don’t know where to start. . . . ! Have you ever wondered where the bird you are looking at has been or where they are going? Previously I have discussed some interesting banding recoveries where I recorded two different Black-capped Chickadees who moved 3350 feet from their breeding territory to where they had been wintering (these were my own recaptured birds). I have also discussed on numerous occasions some exciting banding nights where I recaptured some foreign recaptured Northern Saw-whet Owls that had been previously banded by another bander. I am proud to announce that “today” I received a report that another bird bander recaptured one of my Northern Saw-whet Owl last fall (the first time this has ever happened to me, yah!!)!!
I first banded this Northern Saw-whet Owl back on October 2006 where I captured 10 newly banded birds and was the perfect fluff ball night! I said in my blog post “Tonight’s weather is almost perfect with very calm winds, clear sky, cold temperature and a waxing crescent moon. I believe that many of these birds were bottled up due to weather and just waiting for a night like tonight.” You can see in the above Nexrad Radar image that many birds were moving that night and I couldn’t have been happier keeping the nets open till 3:30 in the morning. With one of my net checks we had three birds in it and never expected one of these birds being recaptured one year later at the famous Long Point Bird Observatory!
The above recapture map shows where my banding station is located (green building) and where the foreign recaptured owls were first banded (blue spots). I still have one owl where I don’t know where it was originally banded (still waiting for that data from the BBL)! The red dot is the location my first recaptured bird was caught last fall at Long Point Bird Observatory (note that I have also captured one of there birds they first banded). I have not talked to the bander at Long Point, so I have little other details to report to you regarding this bird (like exact location, the birds condition, measurements, molt pattern, etc….). I will keep everyone updated if I hear anything else!
Yes, it is exciting day when someone reports recapturing one of your birds (and in my case it ending up in another country)!
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