Owl Alert

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

As previously noted, the Burrowing Owl on the north side of the park has moved a lot closer to the paved trail, and its new spot is not as densely concealed. The owl’s move is a boon to park visitors who love the bird, as well as to photographers and videographers.

The owl likes to take a halfway nap during the noon hour. It’ll calm its movements and lower its lids, sometimes closing its eyes entirely. That doesn’t mean it isn’t keenly alert. In the video above, in the middle of what looks like a bit of a doze, something startles the bird and it scans its surroundings with lightning-quick moves of its head. There was no source of danger that human or owl eyes could see, and the bird soon settled down again. The video selectively shows a few seconds when the bird was looking in the direction of the human observers on the path. Most of its attention was directed elsewhere. It also kept a wary eye on the sky, where a White-tailed Kite was cruising, hovering, and then moving on.

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

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2 thoughts on “Owl Alert

  • Love the video of the owl moves! Thanks, Marty, for all your Park pics!

  • wow, amazing! it looks like it was looking right at you marty!
    will you be out there this weekend showing people as you have in the past?

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