Northern Saw-Whet Owling

Northern Saw-Whet Owl banding has begun again this year, and last night was my first night this year.  I just got home around 1am, and here are some photos.

Putting bands on it.

Getting ready.

Showing volunteers its ear.

The weather was very erratic last night - rainy and windy and then clear sky, and so on.  But it settled towards the end and we caught six NSWOs in total!  There was one owl where I had to retrieve it from the mist net, but it kept grabbing onto the net.  In the end, I let it grab my sweater and hugged it back to the banding station.  What a feeling  Definitely coming back again this month.

The lighting was quite horrendous in the cabin, and so I had to used the highest ISO (3200) setting on my DSLR to compensate for the non-usage of flash; hence the noises in the photos.

Here're my posts from last year's bandings: October 10 and October 27.


Bob Hilscher said...

Hi there. Great pictures, and good to learn that there are Northern Saw-Whet Owl near Peterborough. I live in Toronto, and this past Friday, my wife and I also came upon an adult Saw-Whet Owl. This was the first time as birders that we had ever seen a Saw-Whet Owl. Fortunately, we had our camera with us and got some good pictures and video. We have posted them for anyone interested at: http://frametoframe.ca/photo-essay-northern-saw-whet-owl-sighting

PSYL said...

Thank you for visiting Bob. Your wild encounter with the owl in the wild is fascinating too.

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