And, of course, there are the "ears". Remember, Owls don't have external ears like Humans and foxes, so the "ears" in this case are just the feather tufts on top of their heads. In these birds, the ear tufts are present and noticeable, but a bit on the diminutive side, and very centrally located, like so:
Short-Eared Owls primarily dine on delicious voles and other small mammals. They tend to fly low over fields and drop in their unsuspecting prey, silent and deadly as all owls are. Prey differs by location (these birds live on all the continents except Antarctica and Australia), and in the arctic tundra they're big fans of lemmings, as you can imagine. Every source I checked described their flight as "noticeably moth-like", and I didn't really know what that meant, so I looked up a video for you:
With a little imagination, I can see describing that flight as moth-like.
As I said, the RMRP doesn't see these owls as patients very often, so I don't have much more information to share with you about them. The Short-Eared Owls the RMRP has admitted have usually been the unfortunate victims of car strikes, an all-too-common injury among birds. Remember, if you see an injured owl or any other bird of prey, keep an eye on the bird and call the RMRP's Emergency Hotline (more details on our website). As always, thanks for reading, and thank you for your support of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and our mission to give wild raptors a second chance at freedom. Stay tunes for next week's owl, the Boreal Owl!