Long-Eared Owl (Asio otus, State Species of Special Concern, Forest Service Sensitive Species) This owl requires riparian habitat, including desert washes and oases, but also uses live oak and other dense thickets. It may be found in high-elevation, dense conifer stands. Long-eared owls have nested at the east end of Big Bear Valley and are also known to occur at Mojave River, Crowder Canyon and Cajon Wash. This species is known to be rather more gregarious than most owls (Grinnell and Swarth 1913).
Long-eared owl (Asio otus)
Length: 13 inches
Wingspan: 39 inches
Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
Large, rounded head with long ear tufts
Rusty facial disks
Gray-brown upperparts with small black and white markings
White underparts with black cross-shaped markings
Often roosts in dense conifers
Similar species: The Long-eared Owl is similar to the Great Horned Owl but has cross-shaped, not barred, markings on the underparts and is smaller. Other species of similarly-sized owls lack large ear tufts. The Long Eared Owl Lives in this canyon. Maybe you can spot one.