First Barred

Every field season contains a bit of excitement whenever you capture the first of the season of something. Last night we were able to real in our first barred owl of the fall. Stumbling upon a large barred owl in the net is always a bit of a surprise after catching many of the smaller […]

Fall Owl Banding Has Begun

We opened nets for the first night of the season the night of the 14th. It always feels like the first night of the season sets the tone for expectations for the fall. If no owls arrive on the first night it leaves you wondering what the next seven weeks of banding are going to […]

Owl Update August 7, 2017

Since our last post the nights have produced some mixed results, including two nights off due to rain & high winds. The final nights of July continued to be productive and we ended the month with 437 Northern Saw-whets (336 juveniles & 101 adults) and 78 Long-eared Owls banded. We also caught 12 previously banded […]

Everybody Molt Now

We’re now about four weeks into the summer season and the nights have continued to be productive. We have been able to open on 25 out of the 27 nights and have banded 379 Northern Saw-whet Owls and 62 Long-eared Owls. Additionally, we have captured 11 previously banded Saw-whets. As is expected at this time […]

Summer Banding Begins

Hello All!  After taking a summer off I’m very excited to be back for my second summer of banding here at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.  We’ve gotten off to a great start with 98 birds banded so far.  The highlight of occurred on the night of July 9 where we banded 18 adult Saw-Whet.  This […]

Owl Update 5/23/17

If you have been to the owl banding on a busy night, you may have seen us placing Saw-whets or Boreals into one of the huts that we place them in to await their turn for banding. Every once in a while one will break out. The Saw-whet in the top photo, instead just poked […]

Owl Update 5-8-17

We’d like to start off by thanking all of this year’s Spring Fling attendees for their interest & support! Thankfully the owls were cooperative over Spring Fling weekend and many attendees were able to see some of the Long-eareds and Northern Saw-whets we banded that weekend. The nights since our last post have remained productive. […]

Owl Update 4/26/17

     The current weather pattern has really slowed things down the last couple of nights, but prior to that the nights had continued to be productive. Since our last post we have banded 179 owls and recaptured four more previously banded owls. The Northern Saw-whet Owl numbers have, as expected, dropped off since they […]

Owl Update 4/14/17

We mentioned in our last post that the forecast at the time contained both conditions that would keep us from being able to open the nets and conditions that looked very good for migration. The forecast proved true on both counts. Heavy rain on the 9th washed out the entire night and high winds significantly […]

Owl Update 4/7/17

We published our last post halfway through the night of March 31. The owls had been slow for a few nights and had continued to be slow up to that point in the night. We had no reason to believe that would change during the remainder of the night, but it did. The owl migration […]