longeared owl (Asio otus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 13 inches Wingspan: 39 inches
Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
Large, rounded head with long ear tufts
Rusty facial disks
Gray-brown upperparts with small black and white markings
White underparts with black cross-shaped markings
Often roosts in dense conifers
The long-eared owl is similar to the great horned owl but has cross-shaped,
not barred, markings on the underparts and is smaller. Other species of
similarly-sized owls lack large ear tufts.
Migration Status:Short distance migrant
Length of Incubation: 26-28 days
Days to Fledge:23-26
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Mostly small mammals
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February Acc
Crooked Run Valley