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Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Limited to open habitats such as shrub-steppe, fields, farms, and open marshes, where nests on ground. Uncommon in Kittitas County, with cluster of records from irrigated farmlands near Ellensburg. Stepniewski (1999) noted presence of these owls into May on Yakima County portion of Yakima Training Center; lack of BBA records from Kittitas County portion of this controlled-access facility perhaps due to inadequate observer effort. Small number of records from open habitats in southwestern King County, from first atlas phase, probably represent late migrants. Short-eared Owl in serious decline as breeder statewide, currently nearing extirpation in western Washington.

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