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This short eared owl was pictured at Cheyenne Bottoms.

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Winter is officially here!  The weather has cooled down, and some of the best little hunters have appeared on the scene.  The short-eared owls are here!  I saw the first one of this year yesterday evening at dusk on the Redwing Road.  It is the time of the aerial hunters.  Hawks, eagles, falcons and owls can be seen with a little patience.
There are long-eared Owls too, which are mostly located in the mountain states and Canada.  They are not common in Kansas and are almost totally nocturnal, so they are seldom seen in daylight.  The short-eared owl (Asio flammeus ...

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