Long-eared owls are active at night. They blend in well with their surroundings, making it very difficult to spot them during the day. The best way to find them is to look for droppings and pellets on the ground. If you happen to see one, it is easy to identify by its ear tufts, which are only decorative. Their real ears are flaps directly next to their eyes that open and close. These owl uses old nests from magpies, crows and various hawks. They will also nest in man-made nesting boxes.