My family had a wonderful opportunity last night to join some friends as they banded a nest of owlets from a nest in their backyard! How cool is that?! Mr. Dave is an avid bird guy, there is probably a better technical term like aviarian or something, but we'll go with bird guy for now. He helps band, and thus track, migratory birds like the Orioles. Here is where it all started.
There were 3 owlets in this nest. An owl lays an egg every day or so, thus they hatch a few days apart and were very different in size and feather development. They were calling them "Sarah, Percy, & Bill" characters from the book, Owl Babies.
Once the owlets were all safely returned to the nest we went back to the house where one of the "traps" (perfectly safe and humane, trust me) set up to catch the Orioles for banding had netted a female Cardinal.
What a treat to be so close to nature last night. Thanks Mr. Dave & family!!!
Have a great day everyone!