ARTISTS AND BIRDS
by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"Whooo, Whooo, Whooo, Whooooo?"

Long-eared Owl

long-eared owl
        Owls are generally associated with Halloween, in my world. Maybe because they prefer to hunt in the dark of night, or maybe because of their eerie, scary call. Most everyone knows of the Great Horned Owl, but have you heard of the Long-eared Owl? Its call is way spooky . . . like a series of "whooo, whooo, whooo, whooooo?" The Long-eared Owl is found around the world in the Northern Hemisphere. It is widespread, but still not common in its range, because it is rarely seen. My first encounter with a Long-eared Owl was at Lytle Ranch, where it was perched in the top of a Cottonwood Tree. It was high noon when I saw our leaders silently waving their hands and motioning for us to come and see what they had found. A Long-eared Owl! It was a rare find, for when this sleeping owl is disturbed in its day roost, it raises its ear tufts, compresses its feathers tightly against its body, and freezes. This sleek, upright posture makes it resemble part of the tree. Thank goodness I had bird specialists pointing this owl out, because to me it was a perfect camouflage.


        The Long-eared Owl is generally silent except during the breeding season. Those that breed in the west are found in southern Manitoba and British Columbia, south to southern California, northern Arizona and New Mexico. The winter range extends south to Baja, California, and northern Mexico. Here I was in southern Utah, just an hour’s drive from St. George (only a few miles from the Arizona border) and got to see a Long-eared Owl. There is always something special at Lytle Ranch for a birder to see.

        Wouldn’t it be a great Halloween to be one of the first to find a sleeping Owl? Any sleeping owl. If there is no bird specialist to go with, here’s what you do: Hike in thick woods, dense evergreens, or vine-covered thickets . . . look for white excretions or owl pellets on the ground, and then look up above to see if there is a resting or perching place for an Owl. An Owl pellet is a regurgitated mass of undigested parts of an owl’s food. It could include bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, teeth, etc. It all depends on what the available food is. The excretions and pellets are a sure sign of bird activity. Good luck and have fun.

        Marilyn Davis is the artist of the Long-eared Owl. If you have questions about owls, or the Red Cliffs Audubon upcoming activities, call 435 673-0996.  If you would like to view information on our field trips or meetings, please visit our web page
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Past Articles

"Cold Days and Good Memories"  (White Pelican) 
"Where's Sherlock Holmes When You Need Him?" (YB Cuckoo)
"Tale of Four Birders"  (Western Scrub Jay)
"East Zion Continued" (Golden-crowned Kinglet),
  Vermilion Flycatcher
"Aerial Wolves" (Sharp-shinned Hawk)
"From Clown School to Pond" (Ruddy Duck)
"Shades of Red" Red-tailed Hawk
"Predatory Songbird" (Northern Shrike)
"The Cagey Killdeer"
"A True Bird Story" (Willet)
"A Song to Remember" (Hermit Thrush)
"To Catch a Fish..." (Green Heron aka Green-backed Heron)
"No Spring Cleaning" (Brown-headed Cowbird)
"Look-alikes Galore" (Sage Sparrow)
"A Jazzy Singer" (Cassin's Finch)
"Salute the Coot" (American Coot)
"Put a Smile on Your Face" (Greater Roadrunner)
"The Tale of Fred and Ethel" (Mallard)
"A Flutter of Sparrows" (Clay-colored Sparrow)
"A Sight to Remember" (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher)
"About Night Life" (Northern Saw-whet Owl)
"Black and White and Smart All Over" (BB Magpie)
"Dressed for Dinner... of Fine Wines and Bugs" (RN Sapsucker)
"A Life List" (Painted Redstart)
"Bird-Brained" (Flammulated Owl)
"Needle in a Haystack" (White-throated Sparrow)
"Booby Trap Nest" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"The Crowd Pleaser" (Western Tanager)
"Seeds and Civilization" (American Tree Sparrow)
"A Childhood Treasure" (Black-headed Grosbeak)
"Those Itchy Red Bumps" (Cliff Swallow)
"Is There a Bee in Your Bonnet" (Utah bees)
"Where's My Winter Coat" (Great-tailed Grackle)
"Ice Age Tree Planter" (Blue Jay)
"An Uncommon Beauty" (Black-and-white Warbler)
"What's In a Name" (American Redstart)
"When the Cold Winds Blow" (Western Grebe)
"A National Beauty" (Bald Eagle)

"Feathered Tiger" (Cooper's Hawk)
"The Accomplished Carpenter" (Acorn Woodpecker)
"Jewels" (Evening Grosbeak)
"Observations on the Road" (Rock Pigeon)
"A Leftover Memory" (California Gull)
"Lifelong Dreams" (Greater Roadrunner)
"Who's in Your Yard"  Wren)
"A Touch of Blue" (Mountain Bluebirds)
"Fur and Feathers" (Spotted Owl)
"Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" (Mountain Chickadee)
"In Search of" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"Wanderlust" (Canada Goose)
"Einstein Birds" (American Crow)
"What Spring Brings" (American Wigeon)
"Magnificent and Adaptable" (Golden Eagle)
"The Loneliest Sound" (Common Loon)
"When a Rare One Shows" (Thayer's Gull)
"Bird of the Ocean Shores" (Brown Pelican)
"A Mature Forest" (Northern Goshawk)
"When Black Eyes are Cool" (Short-eared Owl)
"Spring Is Busting Out All Over" (American Robin)
"Acrobatic Survivor" (Common Raven)
"Are You Ready For Hummers?" (Calliope HBird)
"Poppies, Rock Wren, and a Trip in Time" (Rock Wren)

"What’s On Tonaquint Pond?" (Baby Mallard Ducks)
"Definitely Not High-Uintah Parrots" (Pine Grosbeak)
"Before Radio, Records, and Hi-Fi" (N. Mockingbird)
"Bloomington Hills Drive Pond" (Birds of Southern Utah)
"Marks of Identification" (Northern Harrier)
"Nature’s Fighter Plane" (Common Nighthawk)
"King of the Western Skies" (California Condor)
"Are Bugs On Your Diet?" Ash-throated Flycatcher
"Warblers with Cavities" Lucy's Warbler
"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" Steller's Jay
"Life Bird List" Indigo Bunting
"Valley of Ghosts" Burned habitat
"One Raven is a Good Omen" Raven
"Way-Cool Bird" Cassin's Kingbird
"What a Song Will Do" Virginia Rail
"Surprise at Kolob"  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
"Hatches and Hatches" Mourning Dove babies
"Power Lines and Fence Posts" American Kestrel
"Pump-er-Lunk, Pump-er-Lunk" American Bittern
"What's a Chukar" Chukar
"A Jacket in The Morning" Oregon Junco
 "Silhouettes in the Sky" Turkey Vulture

"The Sound of Fall" White-crowned Sparrow
"Where Birds Hang Out" Ruby-crowned Kinglet
"Just Desserts" Canvasback Duck
"Reasons to Visit Zion" Wild Turkey

"Disappearing Act" Sage Sparrow
"A Favorite Bird of the UK" English Robin
"The Christmas Card Bird" Black-capped Chickadee
"Warm Slippers" Rough-legged Hawk

"Beautiful, But Strange" Northern Shoveler
"Live Christmas Tree Ornaments" Scrub Jay
"Red and Black and ..." Vermilion Flycatcher
"Bird Songs" Birds at the feeder

"Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" Ovenbird
"Raptors and Bird Feeders"
"Who’s Who in Winter" Abert's Towhee
"The Original Centerfold Model" Eastern bluebird
"What This ‘Look-Alike’ Looks Like" Pine Siskin
"To Shine a Light on a Name" Cedar Waxwing
"Find a Ladder-backed WP" Ladder-backed WP
"The Price of Bird Seed" Lesser Goldfinch
"Our Juniper Trees" Townsend's Solitaire
"Bird Friendly Backyard" Lazuli Bunting

"What’s in a Lek?" Sage Grouse
"The Dueling Doves" M. Dove - Collared-Dove
"Frozen Dinners" Turkey Vulture
"Stop, Sit, Listen & Watch" Common Yellowthroat
"The Night Hunter" Black-crowned Night-Heron

"Window Peekers" Hummingbirds
"When Food’s Free" Bullock's Oriole

 "Here To Stay!" House Sparrow
"Wild Places" Black-throated Sparrow
"Weird Spring - Many Birds" Western Tanager
"A Little Bird Watching" baby bird watching
"Stripes, Streaks, Bills, Crowns, and Colors"  Lark Sparrow
"Hoping for Perfect"
Gray Catbird
"Home Sweet Home???" Horned Lark
"Ah, the Western Bluebird!"
"The 'Under Cover" Bird" Green-tailed Towhee



"A Shady Patio"Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk
"Quail Talk" Gambel's Quail
"Flight of Dragonflies"
  Ruffed Grouse/Rattlesnake
"Bird Feathers"
"Protective Coloration" Pigeons
"The Agile Scavenger" Common Raven
"Where Have All The Pheasants Gone?"
"Black is Beautiful!" Common Black Hawk

"A Best Friend" Barn owl
"The Ugly Duckling" Mute Swan
"What Birders Do" Magnificent Hummingbird
"The Magic of October" Double-crested Cormorant
"A Gibberish Conversation" Great-tailed Grackle
"Black Things - Flying" American Coot
"Flying Fortress White Pelican
  "What is a CBC?" Golden-crowned Sparrow
"Is That a Wild Canary?" Yellow Warbler
"A Tale of a Great Blue Heron
" Great Blue Heron
"Better To Wait For Breakfast..." Merlin
"This Was The Place" Red-winged Blackbirds
"Just To Be Noticed" Pied-billed Grebe
"Crash Landing" Eared Grebe
"Where’s It Gonna Show Next?" Anna's Hummingbird
"Become a Junior Birder "
"Seen Any UFOs???"
"Feathered Treasures"
"The Long Way Home" Northern Harrier

"Mr. Lonesome" Greater Roadrunner
"Four of a Kind" Black-crowned Night Heron
"Winter Colors" American Goldfinch

"Black Snow" European Starling
"Looking Way Good" Belted Kingfisher
"To Fill A Niche" Black-billed Magpie

"Worth Every Cent" Backyard Chickens
"Wet and Bedraggled Pigeon..." Cooper's Hawk
"Why Don't We?" Northern Cardinal
"Rarely, but Possible" Harris's Sparrow
"A Lucky Fluke" Yellow-headed Blackbird
"What Spring Will Bring" Willow Flycatcher
"To Venture Outdoors"  Sharp-shinned Hawk
"St. George at its Finest!" Canyon Wren
"A Suitable Nest" Vermilion Flycatcher
"Stuck in Dixie"  Tree Swallow
"Time to Visit Zion" Blue Grosbeak
"Call From the Wild" Bullock's Oriole nest
"Apple Valley Babies"Western Scrub Jays
"The Fading Song Act" Cactus Wren
"To Win the Ladies"
Northern Mockingbird
"Color is Significant to a Flicker" Northern Flicker
"King of Bunker Hill" Gambel's Quail
"The Dinner Table" Ferruginous Hawk
"A Water Tank" Mourning Dove
"Faraway Places
"
Black-throated Blue Warbler
"Faraway Places - Part 2" Franklin's Gull
"Brenda Rusnell - Artist "
"Hit Or Miss" Sharp-shinned Hawk
"The Flashy Singer/Babysitter" Prothonotary Warbler
"A Sighting To Remember" Canada Warbler
"Super Size this Meal but Skip the French Fries" BG Heron
"The Last Days of Summer" Red-eyed Vireo
"More Than Just Spectators" Great-tailed Grackles
"A Song to Love" Western Meadowlark
"The Amazing Migrant" Bobolink
"A Thistle Sock" Lesser Goldfinch
"From a Bird’s Point of View" Chipping Sparrow
"At Just the Right Time" Cedar Waxwing
"A Chicken in Every Pot " Chicken
"A Perfect Flight" Feathers
"An Atmosphere of Comfort " Burrowing Owl
"Goose Girl" Domesticated Goose
"Looking For A Super Sleuth" Vermilion Flycatcher
"Birds and Bugs" Black Swift
"Why Not Make a Memory?" Spotted Towhee
"Curious About Birds? " Bewick's Wren
"Ow-Wow, Ow-Wow, Ow-Wow" Hooded Merganser
"A Snipe Hunt"  Wilson's Snipe
"The Butcher Bird" Loggerhead Shrike
"Just Happens Event" Killdeer
"A Spring Show" Cattle Egret
"Are You Nuts" Double-breasted Nutcracker
"If You Build It, They Will Come" American Robin
"Passing Through Southern Utah" Black-necked Stilt
"Listen Inside and Outside" Say's Phoebe
"Frozen Dinners" Paper Wasps vs Woodpeckers
"Weather or Not" Golden Eagle
"Troubadours From Mexico" Great-tailed Grackle
"Sticks, Straw, and Bricks "
"Front Door Nursery"
"Eggs And Ravens" Common Raven
"Field Trips are to Die For" Phainopepla
"A Successful Introduction" Wild Turkey
"Follow The Leader" Turkey Vulture
"When There’s Fire"
"A New Kind of Sport "
"What to Do With Flying Pests "
"Oak Grove and Hummers" Broad-tailed Hummingbirds
"Being Fed" Feeding baby birds
"Crash Day"Learning to Fly
"Thunderstorms and Scrambled Eggs"
"Hold the Mud . . ."  Blue Grosbeak
"A Feathery Mystery"
"Magnetic Yards"
"Rainbows and Gambel’s Quail"
"Not an Ordinary Bird" Phainopepla
"Sunflowers - Free Lunch" Lesser Goldfinch
"Passing Through" Townsend's Warbler
"How High Can You Count?" Blackbirds
"Belly Flops and Kingfishers" Belted Kingfisher
"Listen and Learn" Northern Mockingbird
"Food, Safety and Welcome" Red-winged Blackbird