English and Scientific names:

Long-eared Owl, Asio otus

Number of individuals: 

One, adult



Specific Locality:

Along the Ouachita River on the east side in Monroe and on the south side of the Forsythe Park.

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

3:10 to about 3:20

Reporting observer and address:

Stephen Pagans

West Monroe, La 71291

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Bird was in moderate shade.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10x binoculars

Canon 5D Mark II with 400 mm lens

Distance to bird(s): 

30-45 feet

Duration of observation:

About 10 to 15 minutes


Bottomland Hardwood mixed with swamp privet and planertree

Behavior of bird: 

Resting while being harassed by smaller birds.


Very long ears, yellow eyes, oblong face that was a tawny-orange color (as described by Sibley), breast looked almost like it had light colored pebbles on it.  In the middle of the forehead was a V-shape of white looking feathers.  In that V was some gray looking feathers.  See photograph for more detail that I cannot describe.



Similar species:

Somewhat like a Great Horned Owl but distinctly different.  The breast feathers are different with the Great Horned Owl having horizontal stripes/bars.


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographs by Stephen Pagans

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Bird books after the sighting, but I already knew what it was from previous study.


This description is written from: 

Memory and photograph

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

11-06-10, 9:45 pm