Monday August 14, 2017.  20 new bands of 9 species; 17 recaps.  New species:  Chipping Sparrow and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL!!!  Bird of the day was a tie between House Wren and Gray Catbird, each with 5 new bands.

It wasn’t even close.  There were no runners-up, no other contenders for the title.  I suppose folks who band plover and tern chicklets on the beaches of Massachusetts and Louisiana might take issue with the claim (and they might even have a point), but today we banded just about the cutest bird we’ve ever seen.  Take a look!

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This is the third daytime saw-whet we’ve captured since 2014.  The first owl found its way into the bottom of the 40-aerial on August 9, 2014 around 7:30 in the morning, and the second blundered into net 27 on July 14, 2016 around 6:30 AM.  Today’s bird also bungled its way into net 27, around 7:30 AM.  Today’s bird appears to be the youngest one we’ve caught, as it’s still in full juvenile plumage.  The 2014 bird was also a youngster but one that had already started its fall (pre-formative) molt, and the 2016 bird was actually an adult (second-year).

Interestingly . . . we also heard duetting Eastern Screech-Owls later in the morning.  Will they be on the docket tomorrow? We can only hope!