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What kind of owl is this?

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Is this a Great Horned Owl or Long Eared Owl?  These were shot yesterday at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in California.

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I believe it is a Great Horned, with how big it looks, and the orange facial discs are on the small side. 

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2 hours ago, meghann said:

I believe it is a Great Horned, with how big it looks, and the orange facial discs are on the small side. 

I agree.  According to Sibley, Long-eared (which I've seen exactly once) has a vertical black line through the eye.

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On 1/15/2019 at 8:48 PM, Jerry Friedman said:

I agree.  According to Sibley, Long-eared (which I've seen exactly once) has a vertical black line through the eye.

Yes, also fine barring below rather than  coarser streaks and bars of leow.

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