26 November 2016

Despite the fact that my two grandchildren were along last night to bring me luck, we didn’t catch any owls the first two net-checks.  So they headed home to bed.  The third time up Larry Martin and I found nothing … but a Barred Owl.  This is an owl that we banded on 13 November.  At that time we relocated him about 5 miles away from our nets.  He has come back.  I suspect that he may have been part of the reason that we haven’t been catching saw-whets lately.  Then again … maybe not.  Migration could be ending sooner than we thought for this year.

Tonight winds are forecast.  They would have made opening a marginal prospect; with


Jonathan Martin offers our returning Barred Owl a new home

the question of what we need to do about our Barred Owl friend, I think that we will not open tonight.  Weather conditions look more favorable tomorrow night, so I think we will wait and give it a shot then.



Tonight, Saturday, 26 November – closed

Sunday, 27 November – open

Monday, 28 November – probably open

Tuesday and Wednesday – probably closed; rain



25 November 2016

I am going to open tonight with the hope that conditions will be suitable to open the upper nets.  If not I will open only the lower nets … but I plan to give it a try.

Tomorrow night looks a lot like tonight.  So I am reserving judgment about opening tomorrow night until I see what tonight is like. 

Clair Mellinger

Wednesday night update

The radar shows showers at Highland right now.  After they pass, it will be raining north of our station and later will be raining at the station itself.  I have decided that there is no point trying to band tonight.  I hope that none of you are on the way to Highland.  Sorry for the delay in making the decision.

Clair Mellinger

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

23 November 2016

Well, it was 22-2 again last night … or something close to that … and I don’t want to talk about it.  We will try again tonight.  Pray for owls and than later on during the night … rain.



Tonight, Wednesday, 23 November – open

Thursday, 24 November, Thanksgiving – closed

Friday, 25 November – ???? but we won’t be shopping

Monday, 21 November 2016

The banding station has not been open for the past two nights because of the wind.  We will not be open tonight for the same reason.  There appears to be a high probability for rain on Wednesday night.  Thursday we will be closed for Thanksgiving.  So tomorrow night we need to catch a lot of owls.

Monday, November 21 – closed due to windy conditions


19 November 2016: Visitors rout owls

Last night the human visitors out-scored the visiting saw-whets 22-2!! Bad night for the owls.  Ideal conditions for the visitors but I thought that it was quite favorable for a big movement by the owls too. Maybe the approaching weather front diminished their enthusiasm for the contest.

Fortunately, most of the human visitors were around when the two owls showed up during the first net-check.  So they didn’t go home completely disappointed.  At least the pix below suggest that possibility, but I was hoping for a better showing from the owls.



Tonight, Saturday, 19 November – closed; strong winds; 40mph gusts?!!

Sunday, 20 November – closed; more of the same?!

Monday, 21 November – ??; significant wind still listed in the forecast