Asio otus, Long-eared Owl

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Status: A common resident throughout the state, breeding in pinyon-juniper forests and in woodlands along the valley streams. Old Magpie nests are frequently used as nesting and roosting sites.

Records: Collections and observations of this owl were made by some of the first naturalists to visit the state. Baird reported a specimen and a set of eggs taken by the Simpson expedition in Skull Valley, Tooele County, 4 May 1859. Other early collections were made by Allen near Ogden, Weber County, 8 October 1871; by Henshaw in Sevier and Millard counties in September and November 1872; and by Nelson from the north slope of the Uinta Mountains in June and July 1872. Many collections and sight records have been made in recent years.

Hayward, C., Cottam, C., Woodbury, A., Frost, A. Birds of Utah, Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs, Number 1, Page 111 Brigham Young University, 1976.