On Wednesday morning March 11, the Burrowing Owl on the north side of the park was still very much present. When I first arrived, it was tucked away deep in the tall grass, practically invisible, but then gradually emerged, gave three hearty yawns, did a bit of scratching and preening, and resumed its daytime business of alert surveillance of everything around it. Once again, as happens almost every hour, a dog owner allowed an off-leash dog to invade the supposedly protected natural area. There is still no fence to screen off the dog park up on the ridge from the protected area down below, and the signage leaves room for improvement. Regardless, the owl has persisted and is here for another day. It has now equaled the residence record of the “North Owl” of the 2018-2019 winter, which was last seen this day a year ago.
Once again, a number of park visitors stopped and looked at the owl. Several had seen this owl in previous days or weeks, but even this late in the season there are still park visitors who have never seen a Burrowing Owl in the park before, or anywhere ever.