We netted our very first saw-whet owl on our first attempt this early season! Although we have been out on September 29th before, October 2nd is our first capture. Go here to see previous results. We did not hear any saw-whets vocalizing so we were very surprised to have one in our 3rd net run as we were getting ready to close. We also had a calling W. screech owl (female) and male great horned owl. There were lots of praying mantis on the nets and many crickets calling. Perhaps more food items for the rodent loving saw-whets- or at least their prey. here are the results from tonight:
Date: September 29, 2011
Weather: calm, clear, 75*F, new moon
Net Hours: 10
Banders: Garcia, R and S King, J. Arroyo helped- thanks!
Captures: 1 AHY/F N. Saw-whet Owl, 1 pallid bat
Let's hope for a great year in 2011!