[midvalleybirds] harriers and owls

Dave Mellinger David.Mellinger at oregonstate.edu
Wed Jan 16 20:22:14 PST 2019


On 1/15/2019 3:00 PM, birding-request at midvalleybirding.org wrote:
> 15 Short-eared Owls put on quite a show at the Prairie Overlook chasing each
> other and "barking" - started with 5-6 but more and more appeared after the
> Northern Harriers had gone to bed.

Hi Pam and everyone,

They both have similar flight patterns, similar meadow habitats, and presumably similar foraging strategies. I've heard people say that as day turns into night, harriers turn into short-eared owls. I have certainly never seen them in the same room together.

Dave


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