Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Locally known as “Catty Faces”, these charming owls are often seen in the early evening around the agricultural areas of Orkney.

With mottled brown bodies, Short Eared owls are a medium size bird.  The distinctive yellow eyes with the outer rim of wite feathers make this owl easy to spot.

Often found hunting during the day, it has a steady supply of rhodents including the common Orkney Vole.

They are on the amber list of endangered species.

The Orkney islands are a regular haunt for bird watchers and this owl is top of many peoples’ list.

Visit the RSPB website to discover more about this striking bird.