Wednesday, October 9 2013.  Our fall owl banding has begun!  We were open Tuesday and Wednesday for 4 hours each night, but so far we’ve only caught one screech owl.  The grey-morph Eastern Screech Owl below was – like all the other screeches we’ve banded –  a sleepy and cooperative bird in the station.   After banding, we perched him on a convenient bush with plenty of cover, and went back out to close the nets.  By the time we were back, he had flown.

Elizabeth holds a screech owl on her ante-penultimate day of banding.

Elizabeth holds a screech owl on her ante-penultimate day of banding.

Screech Owl's wing under black light - a technique used to age Saw-whet Owls Photo by Mark Deutschlander

Screech Owl’s wing under black light – a technique used to age Saw-whet Owls
Photo by Mark Deutschlander