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Short Eared Owl

Description:

Short-eared owls are medium-sized owls with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes. They are commonly seen hunting during the day. In winter, there is an influx of continental birds (from Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland) to Scotland and northern, eastern, and parts of central southern England, especially around the coast.

Where to see it:

Short-eared owls nest on the ground in open areas, such as wetlands, moorland, heaths and sand dunes, that offer abundant small mammal prey.
They may occupy communal roosts.

In the UK they breed primarily in Northern England and Scotland, but are seen more widely in winter. Short-eared owls are best looked for in winter on coastal marshes and wetlands. However, birdwatchers must be careful to avoid disturbance at communal roost sites.
Its diet consists mostly of small mammals, especially voles.

Short-eared owls are largely silent.


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