Burrowing Owl

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One of the guys I ran into on the way up into the Greasy watershed was this Burrowing Owl. I haven’t seen one on the ranch for several years, in part because they keep moving their colonies. I’ve run into this a owl a couple of times at the intersection of Pogue Canyon and the Mankin Flat Fire Road in past months, even hunted him with a camera once with no success. Yesterday, I caught him early in the morning with the point and shoot. Funny, funny little fellows.

 

11 responses to “Burrowing Owl

  1. What a great shot! Isn’t it maddening how when you go looking, you don’t find the object of the hunt and then when you’re not expecting it, out the critter pops? Have you read the book “Hoot” by Carl Hiassen? A funny young adult book about two teenage boys efforts to save a burrowing owl colony in Florida. Hiassen write mysteries usually based on a conservation theme. Wonderful, hilarious author with a serious bite.

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    • Haven’t read ‘Hoot’, Suzanne, but I’ll look it up. I have read, however, that the Burrowing Owl population is under pressure in Florida. I’ve also read that Burrowing Owls hunt nights like most owls, but also into early morning, so time of day makes a difference when trying to find them. I’ve only seen this one lately, but now that I know, I’ll go early with the good camera and maybe catch the rest of the crew. Thanks for checkin’ in 🙂

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  2. Love these little guys. Rob Hansen says the old-timers called them “howdy owls” because of the way they bob their heads up and down when something, such as a human, approaches, trying to figure out what’s coming at them. Thanks for sharing this charming shot. May their tribe increase!
    So wonderful to get real rain at last. Friends up the hill have gotten 2″ already.

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    • I’m going to have to keep better track of the Burrowing Owls, they’re such great entertainment and not terribly shy.

      Good rain, a life changer, but short of blind trust that everything will be OK, we’ll remember this drought for years to come, reminded by the impacts we’ve yet to see.

      Have a Merry Christmas, Laurie 🙂

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  3. Love these little guys. I grew up with them living along the banks of earthen flood control channels. They may hunt at night but I always saw them in daylight just outside their burrows.

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  4. Nice shooting cowboy!

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  5. Great picture!

    We have a lot of them in my area of California. But “a lot” is a relative term.
    Their traditional grasslands are disappearing because of housing development. So the owls are threatened.

    Several municipalities are trying to make their public lands more attractive to the owls so they will have stable habitat.

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    • Thanks for checkin’ in and commenting, Steve. I suspect we’re all threatened by the same thing, but good that some folks are trying to encourage diversity.

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  6. Good picture – he is cute.

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