Dave and Jan Wendelken spent part of the evening with me but not one saw-whet joined us. Almost eerily quiet up at the nets. Strange ending to a rather strange season. It started off great but slowed to a quick stop. Of course we had a lot of bad weather toward the end but that’s always the case. We caught very few of the birds that (we banded this year) a second time … especially toward the end of the season.
Unofficial totals at this point suggest that we banded 120 Northern Saw-whet owls. We caught 8 birds that were already banded, including one that we banded in 2014. The banded birds were mostly banded in previous years, although we do not information on two or three of them yet. One-hundred-sixty-four of you signed our guest list and I suspect there were a number of you who didn’t. So let’s say, at least 164 visitors. The owls lose again. Oh well, wait until next year.