A common winter visitor; also, perhaps, a resident in limited numbers.
When Snipe-shooting in the autumn and winter, we never failed to flush some Short-eared Owls out of long grass and rushes. They would fly a little distance and then settle again, sometimes alighting on a stump of furze or on a small hillock, and keeping watch upon us until we walked on. The Rev. C. M. Phelps believes that a pair or two nest on Skomer Island, and has received the eggs taken from a nest found there upon the ground.