Sorry for the missing reports the last few days. One evening was shortened because of a Barred Owl who needed to be persuaded to stay away from our nets. But last night Chris Lehman reports that 5 more owls were banded bringing the total to 111 for the year. That makes this an above average year but not as big a year as what was predicted earlier in the fall. They also netted two more owls that were already banded (foreign retraps, in banders’ lingo) bringing that total to at least 4. It looks like wind and rain may preclude banding tonight but there should be some more owls moving through during the next week or so.

Clair Mellinger

The Hershberger and Gingerich families plus a saw-whet. A file photo from the pre-pandemic era.

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