An uncommon visitor to Orange County, CA is the Long-eared Owl. In fact this visitor is considered rare as there are only a few occurrences year round. The initial sighting in OC was Sunday and upon further visitations by other local birders a total of 7 were counted on Monday. The images below were taken on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
I was fortunate enough to meet a few other birders at this Irvine location who offered further guidance as to their precise location. Admittedly, without their assistance I would have overlooked this particular section.
This species from what I understand does travel in packs vs. solo. They are about the size of a an American Crow, not a Great Horned Owl as they resemble. They are lankier and thinner in size as well. If you look closely you can get a good glimpse into the size of the talons (claws) on the Long-eared Owl that’s most in focus.
Enjoy the images..happy birding!