By: Pat Coate
This long-eared owl was another life bird added to my list with grateful assistance from Jim Adams (http://ayearinoatka.blogspot.com/). 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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