The next couple of months Bird of the Month will be dedicated to Owls. This months Bird of the Month I have selected the Short-eared Owl. My first sighting of Short-eared Owls was on a foggy New Years day in 2001. I was at Farmington Bay with my son Spencer and we were looking for Eagles, we count 9 Short-eared Owls that morning. It is especially memorable because I got 2 new life birds that morning and Spencer ID'd both of them. The other life bird was the Northern Shrike, I could not have been more proud.
|This was one of my lost pictures salvaged from a slideshow.|
Short-eared owls hunt mostly at night but they are diurnal so it is not uncommon to see them hunting early in the day and also just before dark.
Short-eared Owls are named for the small tufts of feathers on the top of their head, these tufts are usually not visible.
|This bird is displaying its ear tufts that give it, its name|
Short-eared owls hunt mostly for meadow voles and mice, but will also take small birds.
|The Birds of Prey at Farmington Bay love to pose for Photos on the No Hunting Sign, the Owls are no exception|
|I found this Owl Pellet on the deck at the Nature Center. I frequently find Pellets there. Notice the skull fur and bones of the Vole that was this Owls dinner.|