It has been a few years since I have seen Short-eared Owls with any regularity and I really miss seeing these beautiful owls. I spent 13 minutes with the owl in the photo above at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the Centennial Valley of Montana in September of 2010. It might have only been thirteen minutes but that foggy morning and this owl will always be a wonderful memory for me.
Short-eared Owls are on the decline and I’d like to ask everyone who sees them to report them on eBird.org because Hawk Watch International is starting a Short-eared Owl citizen science project next spring.
I sure hope to have more wonderful memories of Short-eared Owls someday soon.
Life is good.