Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|December 2014 Bird Of Month
A bird of
open grasslands, the Short-eared Owl is one of the most widely distributed owls in the world.
It is usually active before dark, flight wavering, wing beats erratic. Groups may gather where prey
is abundant in marshes, fields, and tundra. Often described as “moth-like”, it flaps its wings high in a slow, floppy fashion.
and night, mainly at dawn and dusk in winter. Flies low over open ground, locating prey by ear.
Kills prey with a bite to the back of the skull; often swallows prey whole. Short-eared Owls don’t need trees; they nest right on the ground. Female Short-eared Owls choose a high place or a mound
and scratch out a bowl-shaped depression, filling it with grass and soft, downy feathers. Birds
that nest on the ground are at high risk from predators like foxes, cats, dogs, and other wild and
domestic animals. In our area, look for them at dusk at the Owego Wetlands in
the winter beginning in early November.