2004, when we began to study
Saw-whet Owls, we have documented 34
recaptured owls. Thirty of the owls were captured at
Westchester Community College (WCC) in Valhalla NY. These are
noted on the map as squares for those banded at WCC and recaptured
elsewhere, and circles for those banded elsewhere and recaptured at
WCC. Yellow indicates a same-season recapture, and blue
indicates a different-season recapture.
One owl was banded at
Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx NY, and is noted on the map in salmon,
4YR,8MO. This owl represents our longest time between
Three owls were banded at
Harriman State Park NY, and are noted on the map with a bright
owls were recaptured in the same season as originally banded.
These were all owls banded at WCC during fall. Times between
captures varied from 5 days to 40 days. The owl that was
recaptured in 5 days traveled 178 miles, about 35 miles a night.
The owl that was recaptured in 40 days traveled 528 miles, about 13
miles a night. Squares
indicate owls banded at WCC and recaptured
elsewhere, and circles indicate owls banded elsewhere and recaptured at
Six owls were banded north of us and recaptured at WCC. Seven
of the owls that we banded were recaptured in the same season.
Of those seven, two went north, but for a shorter distance than those
that traveled south.
owls were recaptured in a different season from originally banded.
Fourteen were captured at WCC, three at Harriman, and one at Pelham
Bay. Times between captures varied from 3.5 months to 4.7
indicate owls banded by us and recaptured
elsewhere, and circles indicate owls banded elsewhere and recaptured