Owl Banding!

Northern Saw-whet Owl monitoring and banding got underway this month with our first owls of the season banded!

One of the exciting things about owl banding is doing net rounds when you never quite know what is going to turn up!. Like all aerial insectivores bats have suffered declines in populations, so although a slightly unwelcome visitor to our nets and a tricky extraction without getting bitten, it is pretty neat to see these strange creatures up close and personal like this!

Not being bat experts, we didn’t know the specific species but think this is a California Myotis, one of smallest bat species in BC. This species inhabit grasslands as well as coastal  and mountain forests and as Colony Farm comprises old field habitat this seemed the best guess as far as habitat preference was concerned but if anyone can help, please let us know!

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  1. We, the Burke Mountain Naturalists, regularly do bat monitoring in Colony Farm Regional park in the spring through late summer. There are three Myotis species that frequent the park. While we do detect the California Myotis on occasion using our Echotouch meter, the bulk of the Myotis population is Yuma and Little Brown. It is difficult to determine which Myotis this bat is just by looking at the photo.

    When was this picture taken?

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      Sorry Christina – I missed your reply and was then away on a 5-week birding trip – The bat was caught (and released!) on October 11th during normal owl monitoring. Thanks Derek

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