|Western Screech Owl: here I am measuring the owl's tail length to help determine its|
gender- which I could not. The screech owls tend to be very calm during handling.
Steve King Photo
|SGF group with Western Screech Owl, BCEP. Steve King Photo|
Meanwhile up at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER), Mike, Raina,Nancy and Julie were running the OWL3 site, our typical fall migration station. Their guests got a good listen to a dueting pair of Great Horned Owls, but there were no owls in the net. As luck - or the odds of getting a Saw-whet during SGF-would sometimes have it - the team finally got one, on the last net run. Unfortunately all the guests had gone, with an invitation to return next fall during our busy season.
|A temporarily upside-down Northern Saw-whet Owl. The owl is laying|
gently against the banders palm in the "bander's grip," a hold that safely
secures the bird. The bander is checking the molt on this bird.