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Sightings 11/2/18

Townsend's Solitaire. Harris's Sparrow       Highlights:         Townsend's Solitaire & Harris's Sparrow The season's second Townsend's Solitaire was seen on Oct. 20 and the second Harris's Sparrow of the season was seen on Oct. 25-26. As is typical this time of the year, the diversity is really winding down. There are [...]

2018-11-02T23:04:15+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings 11/2/18

Sightings 10/18/18

Say's Phoebe & American Avocet. Yellow-throated Warbler & Harris's Sparrow. Townsend's Solitaire. Highlights: Say's Phoebe, American Avocet, Yellow-throated Warbler, Harris's Sparrow and Townsend's Solitaire. October is often a great time for vagrants at WPBO, and it has been exciting in that regard recently. A Say's Phoebe and an American Avocet were seen on [...]

2018-10-18T23:52:13+00:00October 18th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings 10/18/18

Sightings update 10/8/18

Highlights: Summer Tanager & Lark Sparrow (photo above) I don't know how I let so much time pass by, but I did and there's nothing to do for it now except to jump right in. A Summer Tanager was photographed on September 17 and was surprisingly relocated for the first time on the 25th. It was [...]

2018-10-08T17:52:43+00:00October 8th, 2018|Recent Sightings|Comments Off on Sightings update 10/8/18

Owl Update 8/20/18

As we approach the end of the summer owl banding season, things have remained relatively slow, but fairly steady. We had begun to wonder if the owls were going to trickle down to the end of their summer movements when the night of the 18th produced a pretty unexpected surprise. We banded six Saw-whets, five [...]

2018-08-21T02:42:56+00:00August 21st, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 8/20/18

Owl Update 8/12/18

We unfortunately don't have a whole lot to report. As expected, this has proven to be a down reproductive year for Northern Saw-whet Owls and they have been very slow recently. The adult Saw-whets came to a screeching halt on July 18. Juvenile Saw-whets have continued, but at a trickle. Thankfully, we are also catching [...]

2018-08-12T05:18:01+00:00August 12th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 8/12/18

Owl update July 30, 2018

As we expected, this summer is proving to be a low year in Northern Saw-whet Owl reproduction. Last summer was the third time we experienced a peak in juvenile Saw-whet numbers since beginning the summer research in 2006. Both of the previous peak years were followed immediately by low years, so Ryan Steiner & I [...]

2018-07-31T04:10:14+00:00July 31st, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl update July 30, 2018

Owl Update 7/16/18

Things have been pretty slow since the last post. We've been able to band every night so far this season and have banded a total of 41 Northern Saw-whets, 29 adults and 12 juveniles. The seven nights since our last post have produced 9 adults and 6 juveniles. Given we don't have much to share [...]

2018-07-17T03:37:14+00:00July 17th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 7/16/18

The Summer Owl Banding Season Begins

Juvenile Northern Saw-whet Owl We began the 13th year of WPBO's summer owl research on July 1 and the season has gotten of to a modest start. We've been able to run nets every night so far and have banded 26 Northern Saw-whets and also captured two that were previously banded. Six of [...]

2018-07-10T02:23:35+00:00July 10th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on The Summer Owl Banding Season Begins

Owl Update May 15, 2018

     If you follow WPBO on facebook, you know we’ve had a couple of exciting captures since our last post. Great Grays have been absent in recent years, but on the night of May 2 we banded the first one since 2013.  It’s incredible to have the opportunity to see one of these amazing birds [...]

2018-05-16T23:31:49+00:00May 16th, 2018|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update May 15, 2018