As always, when you are in the Midwest during the winter there can be a relative lack of birds. But during this time birders usually spend quite a bit of time looking for owls. Recently, a single Long-eared Owl was found in Indiana so a few of us headed to the site. When we arrived a couple birders were looking at the owl through the scope. After a few minutes, we changed position, to get a better view. Then it still took a few more minutes to realize there was more than one and eventually ended up counting four owls.
These owls can be extremely difficult to find but if you do find one, make sure to look for more as they usually roost communally during the winter.
Here are a couple pics to show how well this species can "hide".