Mon@rch and I left yesterday to go to a banding station outside of buffalo to attempt to catch Short-eared owls. The owls like to come out at dusk and they are looking for mice and other food. There are post traps, BC traps and a bow trap. The BC trap seen above has Meadow Voles in it along with some dried hay; the sound of the Voles running through the hay attracts the owls making them think it is dinner time. When the birds come down to catch the mouse they hit the top of the trap and try to fly away. The nooses get a hold of them and the get tangled in them when it goes to the nooses tighten around the owls feet
Along with the BC traps we also used pole traps. They have the same idea with the nooses used on the BC trap. The bird fly’s to the pole to listen to the Voles ruffling around in the hay so they can pin point exactly where it is. When they try to fly the birds feet get tangled in the nooses just like the BC trap and the bird triggers a light letting the banders know that caught an owl.
We were trying to target Short-eared owls and we ended up getting an even better bird! The bird we got ended up being a Long-eared owl! It was a huge surprise because the bird is very secretive and it was least expected.
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