We were able to get two Saw-whet owls close to 9:30 PM when we went to go check the nets like you can see in the photo above. Look at how cute she is!
The volunteers carefully removed them from the netting and held them out for all of us to see and get some pictures.
The next stage of the process is to measure the wing of the owl. This is done to help determine the gender. They have some kind of mass body weight to wing span ratio that is almost always accurate. Interestingly enough they get more females than they do males. I was told this may have to do with the fact that they have recordings of a male Saw-whet Owl doing his mating call near the nets and the ladies want to check it out a little further. The males may avoid the mating call as they are not interested in starting a fight between another male while migrating. This is theory only and I am sure other variables come into play as well.