Feels like I haven’t brought you up-to-date for a while and that’s a fact, not just a feeling.
Predictions of rain caused us to cancel morning banding, except for Thursday, 11/18 when we banded 20 birds. We netted two juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawks, bringing our Sharpie (the bird, not the pen!) total to 4. This small raptor in the order Falconiformes and the Accipiter family characteristically prefers birds to mammals as its main food. Our Sharpies were chasing songbirds when they flew into the net. Good for us and good for the song bird. It lives another day and we got to band a gorgeous raptor and put some serious bling on his ankle.
Lisa, Lou and I put maximum effort into Saw-whet Owl banding when we saw our catch, now at 91, far exceed our expectations. When you’re in striking distance of 100, you have to go for it and we are giving it our all. The owl catch has dropped off from several birds per night to one or no birds per night. The wind from the south and the early rise of the full moon have worked against us. However, we’re hoping for a couple of good nights to bring us to 100.
See you in the woods,