The Burrowing Owl

Burrowing, Owl, Little Owl, Bird, Animal

1 thing most owls are good at is being imperceptible. This little owl is much better than many owls. The Burrowing Owl is wide-spread across America however, few people have noticed one. Or when we did get a glimpse, we are not quite certain of what we’d seen.

Around 1782 in Chili was the first time that this tiny owl was documented. This owl is just about ten inches high with a wing span of 1 1/2 – two feet. It’s not difficult to see how they could be over looked so frequently, they’re somewhat un-owl like in look and behavior. Their colour is that of wood so it’s tough to tell where the branch ceases and the owl begins.

Burrowing Owls are among the few that may be active throughout the day. Their favorite time remains dawn or dusk for their searching! But, due to their size they prefer to get done feeding from the time the larger”owl eating” predators come out later at night. As they can see in the daytime too, if the day feed did not go very well they have the option of hunting more in the morning. As a result of the most Burrowing Owl sightings are throughout the day. If you’ve Prairie Dogs, Gophers, Voles, grasshoppers, or rodents chances are pretty good you’ve got this owl. His favourite habitat is grass lands but he is going to be flexible if his food source is available. Additionally they can perch in pine trees, or on the fence on your suburb. He prefers to live in older Prairie Dog or Gopher holes however he can do some very good digging if needed, to have that only perfect hole. If your in the upper countries closer to Canada, this owl is migratory, the lower half of the usa. He remains year around. It just depends upon the weather.

The mom and dad will feed the young. At approximately 14 days old they could be sitting on top of the mound, outside the den entrance. By two months they’ll be chasing insects around on their own for dinner. If there’s space the Burrowing Owl may stay near his family unit if there are sufficient burrows and food.

The Gopher Owl can live up to ten years . Other owls, hawks, badgers, skunks, cars, dogs and cats all attempt to shorten that life span in the wild. Unfortunately in Colorado that the Burrowing Owl is listed as”State Threatened” that is only a breath away from compromised. The majority of the states that have the Prairie Dog Owl, have it recorded either endangered or protected. But which do you save , the owl or its own food source that’s a nuisance to most of us? Perhaps we should look a bit closer in the food chain.

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