If you ask me today if I have ever seen a Saw-whet owl, I would still say "No, I've seen 8 of them!" That's right, I went from 0 to 8 in 2 days all with the help of the club. The first 7 owls were the result of Marty introducing me to Doris who runs a Saw-whet owl banding program in Chester county. She invited me to join them on Friday night. It was pretty cool. She has nets set up on a farm with a loud speaker blaring Saw-whet owl calls to draw them in and catch them. Every hour, the interns and visitors go out to the field to check the nets. If there is an owl, it gets brought back to the barn to be measured, recorded, and banded. Here are a few photos. The intern measures the length of the wing here. The look on the owl's face is like "ahhh the indignity" although they really didn't fuss that much when they were being handled.
|Ahhh, the indignity! - Measuring the wing|
|Measuring the bill|
|Florescence on owl wing|
|Touching the owl|
|Holding the owl|
As if that weren't enough, I took Roxy to Lorimer park for her afternoon walk and, you guessed it, we saw an owl - a Great-horned Owl. That is a pretty owly 24 hours if you ask me.