Length: 13 - 17"
Habitat: In the Northeast, freshwater and saltwater marshes, open fields, wet meadows, farmland, clear-cuts, dunes.
Diet: Mainly small mammals such as voles, lemmings, and mice. Also rabbits, small birds, large insects, and occasionally bats.
Description, habitat, behavior, diet, and nesting. Includes photos and range map. (From BirdWeb)
Photo of this owl (from Mike Danzenbaker's Bird Photography)
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
New England Range
The Short-eared Owl is a very rare breeder in New England. Although not shown on the map above, it has been known to breed on the islands off the Massachusetts coast and in northern Maine.
This owl is found year round in northern Vermont and during non-breeding season in the rest of New England.
Range Maps from Cornell
Short-eared Owl breeding, nonbreeding and year-round range
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS