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Owl Banding

The Point is a hotspot for owl migration, from Northern Saw-whets to Boreal Owls and more.

A magical night at WPBO

Hello all: Since our last blog post we have finally had some movement.  Between the nights of September 26 and October 3rd we managed 4 Northern Saw-whet Owls and the seasons 1st Barred Owl.  The weather was definitely working against us for this week. However on the night of October 6th, the stars aligned and [...]

2019-10-10T05:08:38-04:00October 10th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on A magical night at WPBO

Winds bring some birds

Hello all: We had some storms come through this week.  While the wind and rain kept us closed on the 21st and 24th, the storms did bring west winds with them.  These winds were a pleasant change from the south winds we had been experiencing. Along with the west winds, we also had a small [...]

2019-09-26T23:53:40-04:00September 26th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Winds bring some birds

Fall Banding Has Begun

Hello all: Our first week of fall banding is under our belts.  I'm super excited to be back for another season.  My banding partner this year is Zach Wilkinson.  He's originally from Avon, CO and has spent the past four years out in CA working on a spotted owl banding project.   Zach after [...]

2019-09-22T22:25:31-04:00September 22nd, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Fall Banding Has Begun

Owl Update 8/4/19

Well, we keep plugging away. We've been able to band all 35 nights of the season so far, and we are admittedly wearing a bit thin some nights. Thankfully, it has been a relatively cool summer and the mosquitoes have not been too bad recently. As is expected at this time of the season, the [...]

2019-08-05T05:39:07-04:00August 5th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 8/4/19

Owl Update 7/20/19

Although the juvenile Saw-whets have become more regular since our last post, we are still waiting for them to pick up more. The weather conditions have not been great for migration, but we have banded all 19 nights since we started.The highest nightly total for juveniles so far has been four, on both the 11th [...]

2019-07-20T05:02:14-04:00July 20th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 7/20/19

Owl update 7/12/19

The first juvenile Saw-whet of the season. Well, despite getting a Northern Saw-whet and two Long-eareds on the first net check of the season, we have had a relatively slow start to the summer season. We started on July 1 and have banded 30 Saw-whets and three Long-eareds so far. The first two [...]

2019-07-12T22:54:44-04:00July 12th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl update 7/12/19

Owl Update 5/20/19

We unfortunately do not have a whole lot to report in regard to the owl migration. The weather continues to limit our efforts and the owls have been slow when we have been able to open. The Northern Saw-whets have continued to be steady, but in very low numbers. We had decent success with Long-eared [...]

2019-05-21T04:51:06-04:00May 21st, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 5/20/19

Owl Update 4/29/19

Despite the fact that our nightly efforts continue to be regularly interrupted by high winds and/or mixed precipitation, things have picked up a bit since our last update.  Aside from a couple of nights when nightly Northern Saw-whet numbers got up into the teens, we continue to be somewhat disappointed by the overall Saw-whets numbers [...]

2019-04-30T21:53:26-04:00April 30th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 4/29/19

Owl Update 4/18/19

Well, we've been going through a period when the nights have been fairly productive, but we keep on waiting for things to open up a bit, which they have yet to do. Northern Saw-whets continue to move through in relatively small numbers and the Long-eareds have started to become a bit more regular. To date, [...]

2019-04-19T00:23:01-04:00April 19th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 4/18/19

Owl Update 4/07/19

It's still early in the season and the weather patterns have been erratic enough that we still don't have a real sense of the season's owl migration, but we've had decent results so far. March was pretty good for Northern Saw-whet Owls (NSWO). In previous years March has produced extremely varying results in regard to [...]

2019-04-08T03:15:54-04:00April 8th, 2019|Owl Banding|Comments Off on Owl Update 4/07/19