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Monday, June 26, 2006

Long-eared Owl near Canon City

While walking at my friend's farm at dusk tonight, when it was almost dark, I saw a Long-eared Owl flying low to the ground. I generally see this species when they are perched. This is only the second bird I have seen flying. Long-eared Owls are fairly rare in this area. This is past the peak breeding season according to Birds of North America. There may be some post-breeding dispersal that accounds for the presence of this bird in this area.

Long-eared Owls are small mammal specialists. They do their hunting at night, though it is reported and my experience tonight confirms, that they may start hunting before dark (though it was pretty close to dark when I saw the bird tonight).

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