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Hi all

We IDed as Short-eared but some are having second thoughts.  What do you all say?  Behavior was spooked from Rabbitbrush alongside road on Pawnee National Grassland during our field trip. It flew and perched low in other Rabbitbrush a short distance away. Eventually flew into large patch of Rabbitbrush, perched low, lost sight of her.

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Thanks Gary

http://www.friendsofthepawneegrassland.org/

 

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Hi all

Raptor rehabilitation expert here in Colorado: " It is a long-eared owl; Will A in Boulder (and others) are correct. This LEOW does have a rather light face, however, but the horizontal flank and upper leg barring, and the rusty brown dorsal surfaces of the wing, along with the white "supercilliary" eyebrow type markings are all diagnostic.  The ear tufts are also visible on the perched photos; SEOW tufts are 3/4 of an inch long and are usually only visible when the bird is in camouflage mode with its facial disk scrunched up into a trapezoidal shape, with the eyes half-closed. "

Thanks Gary

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