Rushton’s First Foreign Recovery

This past wednesday there was cause for great excitement because we captured our first Saw-whet Owl that was already banded – by another station.  This is what bird banders live for!  It’s termed a foreign recovery, or FR in banders’ lingo.

Doris sent out the appropriate enquiries and promptly received a reply giving details about the owl:

Hi Doris,

Fantastic! That bird was banded at Mass
Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in
Lincoln, MA. By the band number it looks like a
2009 bird. I can get you data when I’m back at the station.

Kathy Seymour
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Lincoln, Ma
(~20 miles west of Boston)