short-eared owl

noun

: a medium-sized nearly cosmopolitan owl (Asio flammeus) that has very short ear tufts and usually nests on the ground

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other sightings around the Cape included a blue-winged teal and 5 Northern pintail in Marstons Mills, a glaucous gull at Corporation Beach in Dennis, a great egret in West Dennis, 2 snowy egrets in Yarmouth, and a short-eared owl in Eastham. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Dec. 2022 Worcester County: Observers spotted three wood ducks in Westminster, and three sandhill cranes and a short-eared owl at Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area in Bolton. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Feb. 2022 The short-eared owl can be found in prairies and wetlands, unlike most other owls who live in forests, Williams said. Megan Marples, CNN, 13 Feb. 2022 The notables were two cackling geese at the campus pond on the UMass campus in Amherst, a short-eared owl at the Honey Pot in Hadley, and a clay-colored sparrow in Easthampton. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Mass. Audubon Society: Greater Boston: A stilt sandpiper and a short-eared owl were seen in the Summer Street sector of Belle Isle Marsh in Winthrop. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2019 There were two Northern harriers and a short-eared owl at Southwick Wildlife Management Area, a rough-legged hawk along Old Greenfield Road in Montague, two merlins along Edendale Street in Springfield, and an Eastern phoebe at the Hadley Cove. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short-eared owl was in 1766

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“Short-eared owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-eared%20owl. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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