February 23rd, 2009, 08:43 PM
February 23rd, 2009, 09:54 PM
Hi Nicole, I think the top bird is a male Red-backed Shrike and the bottom one is a Long-eared Owl.
February 23rd, 2009, 10:19 PM
I agree with the top bird, but surely the bottom bird is a Ural Owl - long tail beyond the wing-tips; fairly even streaking from breast to belly and no forehead patch; also facial disc looks spot on.
February 23rd, 2009, 10:51 PM
I agree - Long-eared Owl - the rufous and black markings on the folded wing clinch it, amongst other features. Its "expression" and the reduced white markings on the upperparts don't look right to me for Short-eared either. The photo is a little deceiving maybe though!
February 24th, 2009, 04:23 AM
I'll try to get some more shots (better shots) from the bottom one when they come out again. They seem to live in the neighborhood (6 at least).
I didn't see any ears though.
From the pictures I compared with this one in the ID section, I think the Ural owl came closest.
Now I'll try to find some German translations
February 24th, 2009, 09:46 AM
Remember that Long-eared Owl normally doesn't show its ear tufts - they lie flat normally. Another pointer is the white rim on the lower part of the facial disc and also the orange eyes (this last feature is a bit risky to judge on your photo because of the flash). Although Ural Owl does have upperpart markings comparable to Long-eared, they are very different birds. Size alone would differentiate them - Ural has a large wingspan for example, much larger than a Hooded Crow or Rook, while Long-eared only approaches the crows in size (although can seem quite large sometimes).
February 24th, 2009, 12:51 PM
male Red-backed Shrike as stated and definitley a Long-eared Owl. Great pic, never seen one on a roof before!
February 24th, 2009, 01:44 PM
February 24th, 2009, 01:51 PM
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February 24th, 2009, 05:42 PM
The Red-backed Shrike is a very unusual pose - but how darned lucky you are to see this species!
I cannot see Ural Owl in the second photo and I think that there could be a very protracted discussion as to whether it is Long or Short-eared, due mainly to optical effects from flash photography. I would have said Long-eared but your recent post stating that there are at least six of them (might be wrong, but I thought that Long-eared were more solitary) and that the eyes are yellow suggests Short-eared (the difference in eye colour is VERY distinctive when seen during daylight). I suppose that on distribution statistics, Long-eared is more likely where you are.
I once saw a daytime roost of 26 Short-eared Owls on the ground in rough pasture (Elmley, in Kent, U.K.) - I thought they were rabbits until they opened their eyes! (they were a long way away).