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Short-eared Owl

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Likely to be found in Dorset in winter most years



Photograph by: 
Frank Gardener

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Common Name Short-eared Owl
Scientific Name Asio flammeus
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Owls
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Downland and scrub
Look for An owl active on winter days
Additional Identification Notes
  • Possibly the owl most likely to be seen in Dorset and yet it does not breed here
  • It is comfortable hunting by day which makes it quite visible
  • Every winter there are reports from various locations of wintering short-eared owls