This Week at Hilton Pond (27-30 Apr 2012)—“Barred Owl: Banded Species #126”

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For the Citizen Scientists League, 27-30 April 2012

Posted on 9 May 2012 by Bill Hilton Jr.

After 31 years of banding, it's seldom we capture a new species but that's just what happened "This Week at Hilton Pond" when an adult Barred Owl--species #126!--hit our mist nets and stayed there long enough for us to extract it. To read about this significant encounter--and whether the owl used its formidable talons and bill to damage the bander--please visit our photo essay for 27-30 April 2012 at

While there don't forget to scroll down for a tally of all birds banded and recaptured during the period--plus a miscellaneous note about one of our Purple Finches that showed up far north of Hilton Pond. We also include links to our lists of all birds banded at the Center, and of all those encountered again outside York County.

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Happy Nature Watching!


Figure 1. The Barred Owl, Strix varia, is distinguished from other Southeastern U.S. owls by heavy barring on its feathers, dark irises, and the lack of “ear tufts.” (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)


Bill Hilton Jr. is an award-winning educator-naturalist and executive director of non-profit Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near York, South Carolina USA, where he has banded more than 57,200 birds since 1982. He is the only scientist studying Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) on their wintering grounds in Central America. Check out his Web sites for Hilton Pond Center at and “Operation RubyThroat: the Hummingbird Project” at


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