Another great November night but only two new owls showed up to share it with us. Our total of 35 owls banded puts us about 55 owls behind our 14-year average for this date. Averages are a little misleading in this case because the number that we band each year is so variable. Of course, the reason that we use averages are to help us understand that variability.
A group of folks from the Rockbridge Bird Club traveled the whole way to Highland Retreat to see us … well, probably to see the owls. Two is not a very big number but it is a much bigger number than you might think when you are comparing two owls to zero owls.
Our other photo today pays tribute to our faithful crew of JMU students from Zig’s spring 2015 Ornithology class, who have helped with the station this fall.
Weather conditions look good for banding tonight; Wednesday night … not so much. Thursday even looks border line at the moment.