By: Pat Coate
I squeezed in an after work trip to Church Road in Hamlin to see the short-eared owls on a recent business trip to Rochester. There were 5-6 owls variously perched in trees, hunting low over the field, pouncing on prey or landing in the field. Thanks to Jim A. for great directions and the genesee list for posting about the owls.
The short-eared owl is widespread, found on all continents except Australia and Anarctica. However, according to the DEC, the short-eared owl is listed as endangered in NY. Seems its preferred meals are mice and moles, but will also dine on its smaller brethren and some insects. NY is on the southern edge of the short-eared owls breeding territory.
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