Yes, it’s time for more burrowing owls! Being that I spend so much time with them … and they never fail to bring a smile to my face … I had to get in another blog post with them as the stars. 🙂
These little ones are simply the most expressive owls that you can imagine. Those piercing yellow eyes and that stare that goes on and on. As far as a staring contest, they always win hands down.
Very curious about the world around them, they cautiously make their way on occasions outside the confines of their roped off boundary to their burrow. Being a protected species, it’s easy to find these burrows, as generally they are roped off for identification. These particular ones are in a very active county park, so it’s important to know where they are … especially when the grounds keeper begins to mow their area!
This is how they look when they hear the sound of the mower coming their way … LOL … of course, I’m just kidding about that.
So social is their nature that they often try to perch on the same stake, rope, perch, or branch.
My favorite feature of the young ones is all of that wispy downy feathers around their “petticoat” area. LOL. That, and the color of their bellies … reminds me of Kahlua!
This one was stalking something, but from our vantage point, we couldn’t see what it was at first.
Then we saw it trying to right itself – one of its burrow mates had been in that submissive position near the entrance of the burrow.
Learning new things all of the time, like how to navigate a new branch. I can’t help but think of tightrope walkers when I see them do this.
Old Twinkle Toes this one is as it flaps its wings and begins to fly off of its perch. As you can see, the entire time it’s so concentrating on the task at hand. Like our own little babies, always learning something new and processing that information.
Up …. and … down
It also enjoys a good game of Limbo too.
When all else fails, there’s always the old biting on one of its brothers or sisters.
As I think back at all of the good times I’ve shared while observing the owls I can’t help but smile all over again. 🙂
Next up: Continuing on to Salt Lake City and Park City for the cycling adventure!
© 2015 Debbie Tubridy / TNWA Photogaphy