New Bird Photographed – Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

*This photograph was not taken in Dutchess County.

2013 started off with a bang at the Shawangunk Grasslands, across the Hudson River in Ulster County, New York (potentially our new home, but more on that at a later date).

I’ve always heard about the short-eared owls that visit the Grasslands in the winter, so I finally made my way out there to investigate.  I sort of expected to see them from far away, but I would have never imagined they would get this close!  It was a mesmerizing experience watching them hunt, perch on branches, and interact with other short-eared owls.  I definitely want to get back there again!

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