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.
Range map, description, young, habitat, food and feeding, breeding, movements, and life span of this owl.
Mike Danzenbaker's Bird Photography
Photo of Short-eared Owl
(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