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Short-eared Owl

Photo of the Week (January 3rd, 2021)

(archive photos of the week here)

Happy New Year! And what a great way to start out the New Year, with some great birds on the first weekend of the year! It seemed like every birder in the 14-state area was around Brookings right around New Year's, trying to see the Short-eared Owls that have been seen in the area recently (as well as a Snowy Owl). I made the trip right before New Year's and right after, and both times was fortunate enough to see both species of owls.

It's the Short-eared Owls that stole the show, however! They seem to appear out of nowhere about 45 minutes before sunset, as they start prowling the fields in this area, looking for voles. This was one from January 2nd, RIGHT before he screamed downward and caught a big fat vole for supper.

Short-eared Owl - Asio flammeus

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