As of midday on Tuesday March 10, the Burrowing Owl on the north side of the park was still present. As before, it seemed alert, frequently swiveling its head around and up. As I watched, three separate off-leash dogs invaded the nature preserve, where they have no business being, off leash or on. One of these dogs I caught on video. It seemed to have no owner anywhere near it. I have heard of dog owners dropping their dogs at the park and coming back a couple of hours later; this may have been one of those. After the third dog intrusion, the owl hunkered down very low in the grass to the point where it was practically invisible with the naked eye. It could still be seen on the camera screen, and a number of park visitors saw their first Burrowing Owl in this way. An Audubon Society field trip led by expert birder Emilie Strauss also stopped by and trained their high powered scopes on the bird.
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