Short-eared Owl  ( Hibou des marais )      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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General Notes

The population of Short-eared Owl appears to be decreasing, according to a recent analysis of Christmas Bird Count records conducted by National Audubon Society scientists. It is possible that the North American population has decreased by as much as 70 % in the last 40 years, including a loss of 23% in the last decade alone, although there is insufficient data about this species to be highly confident in the actual magnitude of the population decline. The trend, however, is considered statistically significant.  Habitat loss and degradation on its wintering grounds are most likely the major threat, while continuing habitat loss and degradation on its breeding grounds in southern Canada and pesticide use are secondary threats. This species nearly meets the criteria for Threatened status by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).  COSEWIC has designated it a species of "Special Concern" in April 1994 and April 2008.  In Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources has also designated this as a species of "Special Concern".

Abundance: Rare Earliest observed date:  

Typical arrival date:

April 13
Breeding Status: Breeding Latest observed date:  

Typical departure date:

November 27

Documented Observations


May 22-24, June 11-13, 1993. One observed at Hilliardton Marsh during field work for a Master's thesis by David Locky.

November 27, 2007. One observed hunting along Hwy. 65 east of Kenabeek by Michael and Jaymie Werner.

April 13, 2009. One observed hunting at the top of Waugh's Hill Road in Harris Twp. by Michael Werner.