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Short Eared Owl
Carrizozo, NM


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DustianoAsio flammeus


Voted 10/10

...or otherwise known as a Short-eared Owl. Judging from the darker brest than belly, this is probably an adult female. Males are very pale below. While they have been known to live year-round in parts of Colorado and north, they usually spend the summer in Canada. There are rare instances of summer sightings in New Mexico, where you were lucky enough to spot this one.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 12:38 am

Dan the JonesRe: Asio flammeus

Dan the Jones

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After doing research into the sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, I actually believe this is the Burrowing Owl.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 1:29 pm

DustianoRe: Asio flammeus


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That was my next choice, but the vertical-ish and colored bars on the stomach indicate it is a short-eared. Burrowing have horizontal bars and a very light stomach. Also, the double black sections on the wing ends indicate it as a short-eared. Size details might finalize the decision - Burrowing Owls max out at about 9.5" long, with a 21" wingspan, and a 5 oz. weight. Short-eared max out 50% or more in all the above figures. ???
Posted Jul 9, 2007 3:08 pm

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Dan the JonesSubmitted by Dan the Jones
on Jul 8, 2007 8:06 pm

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