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 this map, it has been known to breed on the islands off the Massachusetts coast and in far northern Maine.
Winter Map from eBird
Sightings of the Short-eared Owl during
over last 10 years
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS