Owl in Rain

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Burrowing Owls do not take shelter in their borrowed burrows when it rains. On the contrary, as I discovered during a heavy downpour this past Spring, they expose themselves in the rain more fully than at other times, as if they enjoyed the cold shower. See the video, The Owls Came Back. So it was this afternoon with the owl that resides in the nature area on the north side of the park. Rarely showing more than its head in good weather, and often nothing at all, this bird stood as tall as it’s ever been seen in this spot, while the rain came down. There’s logic to it. When it rains, there are few loose dogs around, and few heavy raptors in the sky, so it’s safer than usual for the bird to stand out and show itself. Only the odd semi-lunatic photographer who comes out in the rain is there to see it, and we’re harmless. The Burrowing Owl has a dense coat of down underneath its outer feathers to insulate it from the elements.

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