Short-Eared Owl

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Short-Eared Owl

 

(Asio flammeus), a bird of the family Strigidae. Length, 35–42 Cm. The plumage on the dorsal side is brown with whitish or reddish spots on the feathers; on the ventral side it is white or yellowish with extended brown streaks.

The short-eared owl is very widely distributed in Europe, Asia (except the extreme south), North and South America, and on the Caroline Islands and Hawaiian Islands. It is everywhere in the USSR, from the tundra to Middle Asia and from the western border to Primor’e and Sakhalin. In the north the owl is migratory and in the south it is a permanent resident. It lives in open areas, avoiding the forests. It nests on the ground in April in the south and in May in the north. There are three to five eggs in a clutch (in years of massive reproduction of rodents, nine or ten). The female broods 27 days. The owl feeds on mouselike rodents and is thus useful in agriculture.

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Caption: The area provides ideal roosting and foraging habitat for short-eared owls.
In March, two shot short-eared owls were found near Selset reservoir in County Durham and, in June, a shot peregrine was discovered at Castle Lake, Bishop Middleham, County Durham.
Ramsey Island, which lies less than a mile off the Pembrokeshire coast, is home to up to eight pairs of choughs and important populations of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, manx shearwaters and kittiwakes, as well as peregrine falcons and short-eared owls.
Short-eared owls made sporadic appearances at Kinmel Bay's industrial estate and Anglesey's Dulas Bay; they rarely make a sound in winter, unlike tawny owls.
This in turn can attract the most amazing birds of prey, like ghostly grey hen harriers, gliding short-eared owls, and high speed merlins as well as grey herons and little egrets.
Broubster Leans, a flood plain near Thurso, Caithness, is home to species such as hen harriers, twite and short-eared owls.
"We have already carried out a lot of work to create new pools and reed beds and have started to see birds such as terns, herons and short-eared owls."
SHORT-eared owls are heading for the open country where there is plenty of vole prey to see them through the winter.
Savannah sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis) and short-eared owls (Asio flammeus) were found exclusively on the reclaimed plots.
There are many other Scandinavian in-comers, perhaps the most unusual, being the short-eared owls, a bird I am used to seeing hunting on our open moorlands and in young, newly planted conifer forest.
One technique we use to find short-eared owls is looking for their more common, diurnal counterpart--the northern harrier.
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