The Travels of Tug 44

Long-Eared Owl

The Long-Eared Owl is similar to its lighter-colored short-eared cousin. They have about a 3 foot wingspread. They are in Fort Edward but are rarely if ever seen because they are nocturnal and extremely shy so they tend to roost in forested areas beyond the hay fields. I met this one at the Winter Raptor Fest at our local Washington County Fairgrounds.   high-res

The Long-Eared Owl, like most owls, can turn his head all the way backwards as in this photo. And they have a ring around their face of short stiff feathers, which directs sounds toward the ears which are hidden under the feathers. Sort of a listening device.   high-res

The Long-Eared Owl, a very shy night hunter.

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