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Northern Saw-whet Owl (York SC)

Despite a bright sky from a waxing gibbous moon, at 11:45 pm last 
night (27-28 November) I caught the first Northern Saw-whet Owl of 
the season at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near 
York SC. It was the fifth night this year of playing an audiolure.

This bird was two days earlier than my earliest NSWO (1999) and three 
days ahead of the only bird caught last year. Last night's NSWO, a 
healthy After-Second-Year female, was the largest to date at 104.5g.

She was the ninth NSWO banded at the Center over three years and only 
the 14th ever banded in South Carolina. (See 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ResearchOwlSawWhetMain.html .)

A Rufous Hummingbird and a saw-whet within a week of each other at 
Hilton Pond. What more could a body ask?  :-)

Happy Owling,


BILL HILTON JR., "The Piedmont Naturalist"
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
hilton@hiltonpond.org, (803) 684-5852, eFax: (503) 218-0845

Please visit our web sites at http://www.hiltonpond.org and

"Never trust a person too lazy to get up for sunrise or too busy to
watch the sunset."					BHjr.