Saw-whet Owl Banding
A Saw-whet owl is hard to spot: they’re tiny, with an oversized head and round, bright yellow eyes. Although it’s one of the most common owls in forests across North America, it’s small and nocturnal and so rarely seen.
Although once considered rare in Prince Edward County, between 1995 and the end of 2015, the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory banded more than 10,000 Saw-whets, as well as Screech owls, Great-horned owls, Barred owls, Long-eared owls and a single Boreal owl.
The program, part of Project Owlnet, uses mist nets to gently capture the birds before they are weighed, measured, assessed for gender, age and health, and finally banded.
See the process in action and catch a glimpse of the usually unseen Saw-whet owl during public banding sessions from 8.30-9.30 p.m. on Oct 3-5 and Oct. 17-19.
Free – please Register in advance – numbers limited: peptbo.ca
Note: Owl banding does not take place if it is raining or too windy – check the website before coming. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight.