Our season record for Northern Saw-whet Owls was 88 set a couple of years ago. Going into last night we were sitting at 87. But…..the season is getting late so, even though we thought it was worth a try, we weren’t hopeful that we would catch any more owls.
It was a beautiful night. The clouds dispersed just after dark and the moon was bright, so bright that you didn’t need a headlamp or flashlight to see your way around. Some folks think that bright nights like this aren’t very good for owls…..
We caught two on the first net round! One was a recapture of a bird that we banded a week ago. So we we tied the record. We decided to give it another go…..On the second round we caught 3 owls!! The first was a recapture of a bird that had been banded in March, 2015 in Cheboygen Michigan! And the other two were new – numbers 89 and 90….a new record!!
Happily we turned off the sound systems, furled the nets and packed it in for the year. What a great way to finish.
[PS: Today I got word that #1014-72940, a Saw-whet that we had banded On October 12, 2015, had been recovered on November 6, 2016 3.8 miles from Burkitsville, Frederick County, Maryland.]
Thanks to everyone for your help!! And forbearance.