Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Barn Owl and Peregrine Banding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Queens NY…

Last Tuesday on August 4th, I headed over to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, for another Peregrine and Owl banding outing. Besides being banded, this Peregrine was also going to be released making it our second release for the year. My friend Chris, our bander, told me that this bird was one that did not fledge in the time that it should have so it was rescued from its nest and nurtured until it was time for it to be released.

The Peregrine banding was done indoors, and then we all gathered outside for the release. Once the bird was released, we spent a few minutes observing its maiden flight, which went off without a hitch. Hopefully, this bird survives and continues the cycle of increasing the species.

Following the Peregrine release, we headed out to our Owl banding locations. If you are new to reading my blog, please be aware that I do not discuss where we go or use photographs that would compromise our locations. This is to protect the birds from any abuse.

Our day turned out to be a rather successful one as we ended up banding a total of 6 Owlets. Enjoy the photos. Tags: , ,
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Kerri Farley said...

Oh my goodness...that owlet is the cutest creature I think I've ever seen. Wonderful post! You are providing such a great service to creature-kind!

Dawn Fine said...

Aww that last photo is great! I keep staring at the little cutie.
How cool it must be to be so up close and personal with these birds!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I've never seen a barn owl here in Minnesota. They sure have a neat face. Thanks for sharing these pix.

Marcell Claassen said...

Excellent photos. What a pleasure and privilege to be working with such incredible birds.


@Kerri @Dawn @Lynne @Marcell - thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

The work I do with Barn Owls is very special and something I treasure. I consider myself extremely lucky to have up and close moments with these wonderful birds.