Central Park and Manhattan’s first LONG-EARED OWL of the year, now in the pines immediately west of and down the steps from Belvedere Castle. pic.twitter.com/LwWYHZmWZx
— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) December 15, 2020
Manhattan Bird Alert says that the barred owl is the larger of the two birds, so it won’t need to fear its long-eared rival.
According to one bird enthusiast’s website, “Long-eared Owls are an infrequent winter visitor to Central Park, seen at least once in most years. They appear most often in January and February in search of prey, usually after areas to the north have been covered with deep snow.”