The migration monitoring period at Ruthven runs every day from September 1st to November 7th. Going day after day you get into a routine – a routine that’s hard to break. But I must say that I’m working at it and sleeping in to 6:00 AM was a treat. But then I had to rush off anyway as there was a group of keen youngsters visiting this morning – and it would be their last opportunity until December.
Of course, prior to this, on Friday night, Nancy had put in her last day “owling” – catching and banding the dimuntive Northern Saw-whet Owl. She finished her specialized season very successfully, banding one “new” bird and recapturing a bird that had been banded elsewhere (we don’t yet know where). So it’s all over except for the dismantling of the nets and the entry of all that data (yikes!!). Thanks to everyone that helped out in various ways, from scribing to observing to…..baking. It was a great season!
We will continue to band but will cut back to using only a couple of nets and only one day a week (unless Snow Buntings move into the area en masse at which point we’ll go almost every day again).
We’ll try to keep you posted using the blog as to when we’ll be open as far ahead as we can.