Fall recap

This fall was highlighted by a fast start and a slow finish for captures. In September we were pacing out with two of the best falls ever at the point to see where we were fitting in. We reached 121 total owls by the end of September. The intrigue for comparing seasons was well warranted. […]

Last Night of Banding

Tonight is our last official night of owl banding for the fall. We were only able to manage thirty minutes of effort tonight before the winds shifted from the southwest to the northwest delivering a brief bout of rain/snow mix. I knew it would be a rough night for weather, but figured it would be […]

200 owls

Last night, our first night open again after a pair of gusty nights, we were able to pass the 200 owl mark for the season on our first net check. The night progressed along slowly for captures, but we were able to capture two more owls after midnight. Giving us a total of three owls […]

1st Boreal

Thankfully our first boreal arrived on the night of the 20th, saving us from some slow times. The previous night was a dreadfully slow night producing only two owls and then the 20th was on the same course when we were delightfully surprised to find our first boreal of the season around 12:30. This bird […]

Calm nights

I was thinking of writing how the calm nights have been favorable for us the last few nights, however we are sitting here owl-less on a perfectly still, dark night. The winds have been about as variable as I have seen here. The weather station just 1.5km to the west of us was recording gusts […]

First Long Eared

With only 17 days left in the season it is surprising to be getting two firsts for the season on the same night at this point. On the night of the 11th we caught our first long-eared for the year as well as our first foreign recapture (a bird banded at another banding site) of […]

Slow and steady

The banding season continues to move along at a slow and steady pace as far as owl captures go. As predicted we were shut down by rain and wind for the first time this fall on the night of the 7th. We sat in the banding lab all night waiting for a break in the […]

Bring your umbrella

The first few days of October have produced a good number of owls, despite a few challenges. First, we are in the midst of the harvest moon, a time where we experience the full moon rising shortly after sunset for consecutive nights. This means we are dealing with a full moon for the entire night […]

Season updates

We are dealing with some windy conditions at the Point tonight, making it difficult to get a quality effort in. With a little bit of down time, I had a chance to look into some numbers from past seasons again to see how we are comparing. As of October 2, we are actually still ahead […]

100 Saw-whet milestone

Hey all. It is finally starting to feel like fall around the Point. The temperature has returned to the comfort of the 40s at night, much closer to the average compared to the 70s of just a week ago. We caught our 100th Saw-whet Owl on the night of the 29th — a night in […]