This winter Short-eared Owls seem to be fairly plentiful. This bird at an undisclosed site in West Limerick has been present for over a month now. Today in the fine sunshine, I observed this bird hunting through bog grasses and along the verge of a spruce plantation. She took two Bank Voles and dropped down into long grass to devour them, away from marauding Hooded Crows.
Short-eared Owl with Bank Vole in its tallons © John N Murphy