Short-eared Owl, March 16, 2016

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl (click to see the larger version)

I had a Short-eared Owl at Montrose this morning, March 16. I first saw the bird flying over the lake from the base of the Fishhook Pier around dawn. It circled back and landed for a couple minutes in the Dunes before getting up and flying around again. This is typical Short-eared Owl behavior at Montrose. I didn’t walk through the Dunes so I don’t know if the bird settled down or kept going. Short-eared Owls often show up on days with strong west winds, like today.