unknown owl

I was jogging on my trails today and saw an owl I couldn’t identify. It looked too small and thin to be a barred owl, but not small enough for a screech owl. A flash of reddish brown, an erratic flight, no visible ear tufts. I’ve seen short-eared and long-eared in the past, the latter on our property here during migration. This one was too dark for a short-eared, so I’m guessing maybe long-eared. Apparently you can’t see the ear tufts in flight. Short tail, too. Is that characteristic of a long-eared? Not sure.

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