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Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

By: Pat Coate

This long-eared owl was another life bird added to my list with grateful assistance from Jim Adams ( The owl was seen at Oatka Creek Park, Monroe County, NY.

The prominent ear-tufts give the long-eared owl a similar appearance to the great horned owl, though its tufts are more towards the center of the head than the great horned owl. Also the long-eared owl is much smaller (15 v. 22 inches) and has a more slender build.


We observed the owl from a respectful distance and, as the zoomed in pictures show, it seemed quite unfazed by our presence. The long-eared owl hunts at night, roosting during the day. It typically roosts near the trunk of the tree, as this one is doing.




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One response

  1. Ahhh that face! Haha! So awesome. :) Great pic.

    25 March 2014 at 7:15 pm

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