The Long-eared Owl is a medium-sized woodland Owl. They have prominent ear tufts that appear to sit in the middle of the head and are usually held erect. Plumage is brown and buff, with heavy mottling and barring over most of the body.
Long-eared Owls nest almost exclusively in old stick nests of crows, magpies, ravens, hawks, or even herons. It is nocturnal and secretive, so unlikely to be seen. However following breeding, fledged birds which appear in July and August can often be observed, even in the day. The best time to see them though is at dusk, when you can often hear their ‘squeaky gate’ call.
Photo of a juvenile taken by John Ferris, on 22nd July 2008 at Balvicar, Seil
First observation at Balvicar this year on 3rd July 2012