The Burrowing Owl first seen yesterday morning on the rip-rap on the east border of the preserve was in the same spot again this morning. While I was filming, the owl made no movements other than the occasional swivel of its head and opening or closing the eyes. In that spot, protected by massive rocks, the bird could not be seen from the pathway in the park and was quite safe from loose dogs. I took the video standing in the Spiral, the circular open air classroom on the Open Circle viewpoint. Though this viewpoint is currently closed off by a decorative fence, there is no law or regulation barring park users from stepping over the fence and taking advantage of this excellent bird observatory, the best birding spot in the park. I have been lobbying the Audubon Society to keep this viewpoint open and to protect the owl area with a temporary fence just north of the classroom.
P.S. Saturday December 8: On a first pass this afternoon at about 1 p.m. , no owl was visible on these rocks. I saw none anywhere else, either. But on a return pass at a few minutes before 2 p.m., the owl was back, standing in exactly the same spot as before. Photo below:
P.P.S. Sunday December 9: Owl still there, 8:11 a.m., same spot. Pic:
P.P.P.S. Monday December 10: Owl still there, same spot, 10:30 a.m. Pic:
Tuesday, December 11, 4:12 p.m. Really rough photo, bad light, apologies: