Owl Undaunted

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Yesterday I could not spot the Burrowing Owl that has settled in the nature area, and I worried that the attack by the Cooper’s Hawk the previous day had made the owl rethink its stay here. But this morning, the valiant little bird was visible again in its burrow, or another burrow very near, despite everything.

Here is a more distant view to help you try to spot the owl. Stand about twenty yards east of the maintenance road that bisects the nature area. Scan due south, about thirty yards out. Look for a little brown bump in the grass. You’ll need binoculars or a camera with a good zoom to verify that it’s the owl and not a clump of dirt or a ground squirrel; a cell phone camera won’t get it. Good luck!

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