The Burrowing Owls Saga Continues ….. :-)

Another in the series of the Burrowing Owl blog posts …..

Gaining confidence in its flying abilities

Gaining confidence in its flying abilities

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.

"I've got style ... I've got grace!"

“I’ve got style … I’ve got grace!”

Working on carrying and flying!

Working on carrying and flying!

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.

It’s often fun and games at the burrow with the young owls

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.

Up on a tightrope!

Up on a tightrope!

The ropes were always the most entertaining, since they required the most skill in terms of balance.

Working on their balance moves

Working on their balance moves

They continued to play with each other, sometimes nicely, sometimes rough, around their burrow.

"It's not what it looks like .... we're just playing"  LOL

“It’s not what it looks like …. we’re just playing” LOL

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!

"Help!  I've fallen ... and I can't get up!"  :-) (until it realized no one cared that it was carrying on .... does anyone see the similarities with their own children?)

“Help! I’ve fallen … and I can’t get up!” 🙂
(until it realized no one cared that it was carrying on …. does anyone see the similarities with their own children?)

Even within the young siblings, there was still a well established pecking order and certain ones were definitely more submissive than others.

"You might trump him, but I trump you!"

“You might trump him, but I trump you!”

Often they would also be found in what I would describe a snuggle-like position.  That would normally be while they were at rest.  🙂

Snuggle-Time  :-)  So sweet!

Snuggle-Time 🙂 So sweet!

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.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H!

S-T-R-E-T-C-H!

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.

Taking a Bow

Taking a Bow

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.

"Wow!  This is nice and cool up here."

“Wow! This is nice and cool up here.”

There's no privacy from the paparazzi!

There’s no privacy from the paparazzi!

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.

Anyone for frog legs?

Anyone for frog legs?

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.

All lined up at the burrow

All lined up at the burrow

Hang in there Peanut!

Hang in there Peanut!

More burrowing owl images and the stories behind them are still coming.  Check back soon.  🙂

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4 thoughts on “The Burrowing Owls Saga Continues ….. :-)

    • Thanks Michael! You know, I miss them dearly. Keep being tempted to stop by to check on them, but I doubt that I will. Sometimes it’s best to keep the memories that we have. 🙂

  1. These are adorable, Debbie! I love your comments on family life. My favorite pictures are the flight shots. These little guys have so much personality!

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