Another in the series of the Burrowing Owl blog posts …..
Activity around the burrow was growing increasingly active, as the owls were learning new things, gaining new skills, perfecting their moves, and overall advancing into their juvenile stage.
Often we would see them out and about within the burrow, as well as some of the surrounding areas, not just within the ropes, but bravely beginning to explore the areas just beyond them.
They would take turns occupying the 4 stakes which marked their burrow’s location and boundaries and at times, would walk the ropes that draped from each of them.
The ropes were always the most entertaining, since they required the most skill in terms of balance.
They continued to play with each other, sometimes nicely, sometimes rough, around their burrow.
Sometimes one of the parents would have ENOUGH and gently peck at one of the babies. Never would know it, since this one played it for all that it was worth!
Even within the young siblings, there was still a well established pecking order and certain ones were definitely more submissive than others.
Often they would also be found in what I would describe a snuggle-like position. That would normally be while they were at rest. 🙂
They would often begin to get tired in the heat of the afternoon … oh, how I could relate to that. They would take the time to “owl-nap” and stretch their wings independently.
Sometimes, they would also stretch their wings backwards, but I would like to think that they were actually taking a bow for some spectacular activity they had just accomplished.
Flights around the burrow became longer and they began to venture off into the nearby trees – that just not that long ago were reserved for mom & dad, when they flew off on a much needed break from the young ones.
They also began to hunt for their own food – or at least “attack” things, real of not real, in the grasses that they lived amongst. Sometimes though, the parents still rang the dinner bell for them.
During this time, I had to leave them for 2 weeks while I ventured off to Charlotte and also the Pacific Northwest. While I was glad to be traveling and getting a break from the south Florida heat and humidity, it was with mixed emotions. I hoped that they would be OK while I was gone and anxiously awaited seeing them again.
More burrowing owl images and the stories behind them are still coming. Check back soon. 🙂