Long-Eared Owl Spotted in Central Park

  Last modified on December 18th, 2020

Just when the barred owl (and the other barred owl) began to feel comfortable with their newly acquired fame, one of their relatives has made its first 2020 appearance in Central Park.

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.”

So maybe it heard about the snowstorm.

Here are two videos of long-eared owls spotted in Central Park during previous years:

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