I saw a Short-eared Owl at 7:31 p.m. today over the brushy open area SW of the corner of Johnson Drive and Major Bennett Drive in the industrial park off Fisher Drive in Peterborough. The owl was first seen in the air being harassed by a crow. It then flew lower and to the west closer to the railroad tracks coursing back and forth over the fields and then dropped out of sight. After a few minutes I refound it flying over the fields a little to the NE where there are some big earth mounds. The bird had shallow wing beats, buffy belly dark “wrist” patches, a rounded owl head, dark eye patches. It was slightly larger than the crow.

Location: corner of Johnson Drive and Major Bennett Drive
Observer: Chris Risley

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.