New Owl Day 3

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Nov. 6 2022

The Burrowing Owl that arrived on Nov. 4 is in its third day. I saw it this morning in the exact same spot as the previous two days; it hasn’t moved an inch. That doesn’t mean it’s glued to this spot. It very probably took off to forage for edibles at dusk and/or early dawn. But it clearly finds this daytime resting spot congenial. As I filmed, the bird still checked to its right, where a trespasser and his dog had invaded — See “New Owl Day 2” Nov. 5 2022 — but with less urgency than yesterday. As before, the bird stood on one leg, a sign that it feels secure.

To help prevent further invasions of the area, such as the one I reported yesterday, I posted “Area Closed ” signs on the fence in the northern portion of the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary. (See below.) These are the same signs posted last year. Although useful, the signs also triggered disappointment in several park visitors who stopped to chat as I was putting up the signs. They remember last winter, when a Burrowing Owl camped in the central ring near the big flat rock and the Coyote Bush, in easy view. That owl may not return, I had to explain. It suffered an injury to its wing on Feb. 2 that made it unable to fly, and it disappeared. See “Owl Hurt?” Feb 7 2022. This season so far the “Area Closed” signs refer to an owl that’s invisible from the pathway outside the “art” fence. That’s frustrating for park visitors. I could show them the owl live via telephoto lens from the Open Circle Viewpoint, but they would have to cross the “art” fence.

One of the signs posted this morning. Site where “Second Owl” perched last season is in background.

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2 thoughts on “New Owl Day 3

  • Ditto what Sarah said! Thank you for your ongoing photos, videos, commentary and now, signs. Yes specifically about the burrowing owls, yet also about your daily sharing of snippets of life at the park. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for re-posting the signs and using your videos to help preserve the owls and their sanctuary. Art at its best, compared to the relative futility of the “art” fence. Even though I’d love to see the birds “live,” watching them on this website means they are ALIVE. No more words needed– just keep the camera rolling and a safe haven for the new neighbor.

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