(Burrowing Owl Update Below)

California Ground Squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi) Feb 1 2023

These two Ground Squirrels sat on opposite sides of the paved path inside the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary, looking at one another. The scene had a romantic air: two creatures eyeballing one another with interest. Was I just imagining it? They made no moves for quite a while, longer than my video indicates. Then the tension broke. One squirrel advanced toward the other. What happened next looked to me like affection. Am I just a hopeless romantic projecting human feelings on these rodents? Or was there some sweetness passing between them? You decide.

And what about this image? Park visitor Becca Todd snapped this Ground Squirrel seemingly contemplating a stone sculpture on the west side of the park. What do you think is going on?

Burrowing Owl Update

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Feb 3 2023

Another quiet Friday morning for the Burrowing Owl in our park, at least during the half hour or so of my visit around 10:30. The bird rested in Perch B again, and half a dozen park visitors got a chance to see it live and in person, some for the first time. The bird showed no sign of having got wet during the overnight showers, which left puddles all over the park.

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