Named for the long tufts of feathers around its ear openings, the Long-eared Owl uses these tufts when it needs to blend in. By extending the ear tufts and compressing its body feathers, this owl achieves almost perfect camouflage as a dead tree branch. A nocturnal hunter, the Long-eared Owl roosts in dense foliage and hunts over grasslands in search of small mammals. Because of their exquisite camouflage, this owl can be difficult to spot. One good way to locate them is to listen for their long, low hoots during the summer months. During the winter they'll roost in large groups, sometimes making them easier to find. Searching the ground for pellets is another good way to narrow down where owls are spending a lot of their time. A large amount of pellets at the base of a tree typically means that an owl uses that tree as a roosting spot.