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Aug. 6th, 2009 | 08:14 pm
location: Homer, Alaska

Say hello to my little friend:


This is the Boreal Owl we got last night (technically this morning).  A small male (?), 128 grams.  It was possibly one of the greatest moments of my existence.  We got him in the 1:00 am net run, in the same net we caught the Saw-Whet in.  It was both J's and my first boreal in hand, ever.  And the second* banded in J's own mist nets.

Anyway, here are more pics:


Me holding him.  This is my favorite pic -- the hand is mine in the picture.


Jason is holding him in this picture.

But, just to prove I really did have a Boreal in hand:

This is me being very very happy in my new NOMAR fleece that I still hadn't taken the tags off of yet.  I love the feel of new fleece.  Really, if anyone wants a kickass fleece jacket made right here in Homer, AK, NOMAR's the place -- no China-made REI fleeces for me.  In this pic, I'm actually wearing two fleeces and an long-sleeve shirt.  J was in shirtsleeves.



Just one more pic because I feel like it.  Notice the color of the beak?  It's a dead giveaway it's not a Saw-Whet.

*ETA:  second owl, not second boreal

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hawklady

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from: hawklady
date: Aug. 7th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
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Wow, he's gorgeous!!!!

Is he HY ?

Forgive me, my first thought was "that's a weird-looking screech"

And a sort of side question, is there any particular type of mistnet you use for the small owls? The ones I've seen up for passerines almost never catch larger birds because they manage to get out and not totally tangled up.

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The Little Brown Owl

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from: littlebrownowl
date: Aug. 7th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
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We're calling him AHY in the records, but J suspects he's a second year.

We used 60mm mist net -- the size you'd use for thrushes.

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An online falconry journal

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from: accipiter
date: Aug. 7th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
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That.... is just dreadfully cute.

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The Little Brown Owl

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from: littlebrownowl
date: Aug. 7th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
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Yes, yes they are dreadfully cute.

But also fierce predators. Like ultra-concentrated owl.

Goddamn, that was so gratifying to have that thing in my hand.

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