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Birding Field Trip: Short-eared Owls in Gettysburg
January 22, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
One event on February 12, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Notice: The January 22 event is full.
Contact Dave Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join a second trip scheduled for Saturday, February 12 at the same time.
Let’s travel to Gettysburg for a special winter afternoon birding excursion, in search of Short-eared Owls.
Arrive at 3 p.m. for this special excursion in search of the Short-eared Owl at Gettysburg! The trip is led by ornithologists Larry and Sharon Williams, who also lead our bi-monthly SOAR bird walks.
The trip is free. Participants provide their own transportation and will meet at Gettysburg Battlefield. Rendezvous location will be provided upon registration.
Unlike many owls, Short-eareds hunt over fields and meadows during the daytime, which provides an amazing opportunity to observe their graceful flight and hunting behaviors. When the owls are present, there can be several hunting in the same area on nearby fields.
“If we are fortunate enough to encounter multiple owls, then we may be able to hear their vocalizations and see interactions between them,” said Dave Graff, Institute faculty member and event coordinator.
Short-eared Owls are medium-sized owls with rounded heads. The “ears” mentioned in their name are difficult to see but darkened feathers around their yellow eyes creates a stunning visual contrast. The wings are broad and the tips are smoothly rounded. The tail is short.
The owls are medium brown spotted with buff and white on the upper parts, and the face is pale with yellow eyes accentuated by black outlines. The breast is heavily streaked with brown; the chest and belly are pale or buff. They hunt during daylight, flying low over short vegetation. They flap with stiff beats of their rounded wings, giving their flight a buoyant, mothlike quality. Look for Short-eared Owls in grasslands and open areas, where they perch in low trees or on the ground.