Virtual Owl Binge

A real Burrowing Owl visited our park in dense fog on December 4 for a few minutes. That’s on video here. The bird hasn’t been seen here since. Will an owl still come and live here for the remainder of the winter season? That’s very unlikely. But you can binge on Burrowing Owl videos and photos right here. This website has 311 posts devoted to the owls, and YouTube has 218 videos of the owls in our park.

Not to be missed: the 24-minute documentary, “The Owls Came Back.” See clips of the birds as they arrived, and see a map of their landings. See how the owls interact with the ground squirrels, sometimes ignoring them, sometimes putting on fierce displays. See an owl rotate its head an incredible 270 degrees, and measure their stress by how many times they turn their heads in a minute. Watch the birds scratch, preen, stretch, fluff, and yawn. Learn about their poop and pee and see them expel pellets. Watch what these birds do in the rain, even in a heavy downpour, and be surprised! See what happens to the birds when owners let their dogs off leash. Hear park visitors’ emotions when they see the birds live and up close.

Binge the YouTube playlist of Burrowing Owls in our park, at this link. YouTube doesn’t add up the total running time but it must be several hours. These videos go back six years and include more than a dozen different owls in sun, fog, wind, and rain, on rocks, short grass, in tall grass, in Fennel, and in the air. You’ll appreciate the variety and different personalities of the owls that visit here.

Binge the blog posts about Burrowing Owls in our park at this link. You’ll see hundreds of owl photos taken by a dozen different photographers over the past six years. Burrowing Owls are among the most photogenic birds, and photographers have come here from many miles away to capture their images. The blog also has book reviews and articles about the owls written by researchers, as well as humor and satire items.

So, even though we probably won’t see a live Burrowing Owl settle in the park this winter season (why not?) you can get your Burrowing Owl fix virtually by bingeing on the Burrowing Owl videos and photos available on this website.

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  • Thank you for the binge! I just looked at the US Fish and Wildlife Service webpage, which states the burrowing owl population has been in sharp decline “owing primarily to habitat loss,” listed as “endangered” in Canada and Minnesota, “threatened” in Colorado and Florida, and “a species of concern” in California, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. I’d call it an emergency in the San Francisco East Bay region.

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