Date: 1/5/21 6:08 am
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Re: Harriers and short-ears
I think there are sightings of Short-eared owls in Arkansas than has been
documented in databases like eBird. This lack of data gives people the
impression that they are rare in Arkansas rather than something that could
be seen.

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs

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From: Don Simons
Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 6:54 AM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Harriers and short-ears

Again, Joe Neil inspires me to comment. His recent notes about short-eared
owls reminds me of seeing a number of them in Chicot county more than 20
years ago.

One late afternoon I found a fallow field just off of highway 65. A few
harriers were patrolling just above grass tops as they do. One by one, they
would drop down into an area of the field hidden by tall grass. I don’t
remember how many, but it was more than a few.

Just as it was getting dark, out of the same area of the field, up popped a
short-eared owl. Then another and another, I don’t remember how many, maybe
just a few. It was as if was their turn to patrol the field for rodents.

I thought it strange to see owls and hawks roosting in the same area. A
check on harriers on the Cornell website allaboutbirds.org, I learned, “In
winter, Northern Harriers roost in groups on the ground, sometimes with
Short-eared Owls.”

Something to watch for.

Have an excellent year of birding.

Don

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