Long-eared Owls visitation to Orange County Week of February 28, 2016

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!

Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on March 2016, 2016
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on March 1, 2016
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on March 2016, 2016
Photo taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA on March 1, 2016

3 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I was out at midnight with a puny dog last night, and heard two owls – each with a very clear, three hoot call. When I woke up this morning to find out who they were, I believe they are these guys – Long Eared Owls. I’m in Laguna Beach, a mile or so up from the coast, and they were coming from further up the hill. I could hear one from inside the house, but both of them very clearly from outside.

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