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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Short-eared Owl

In contrast with many other owls, Short-eared Owls begin foraging during daylight or early evening. These owls may continue to be active into the night, but usually cease activity after nightfall. They have a tendency to form communal roosts during the winter months.

Pair formation begins in mid-February and continues through June. Short-eared owls don't hoot like forest-dwelling owls. These open grassland and meadow owls perform dramatic courtship dances where the male claps his wings together on each down-stroke and makes short dives in the spring. Once mated they nest on the ground in protection provided by tall grasses. They often return to the same nests.

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