Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Burrowing Owl


As we exited the park and continued down that long road, we came upon the neatest sight. We all yelled, “Was that an owl? I think that was an owl.” And Dennis quickly did a Uie and back we went.


As we pulled into the turn off the owl looked around. But he seemed ok with me shooting out the window.


Isn’t he the cutest little guy?!


He stood up, proud and tall.


Then he hunched down in a great diving pose, momentarily.


And the next snap was only feet.

We saw him land on the ground near the road and we quickly drove over. He watched us pull up alongside where he landed, only his head showing and we were puzzled. He was in a hole? How odd for an owl to be in a . . . oops, he’s gone, being the curious soul that I am, I cautiously got out and walked up to his hole. I peeked down into the ground but only saw. . .


I never knew that an owl would live in the ground but after a little research I now know he was a burrowing owl, a small ground-dwelling raptor and they are declining. He’s listed as threatened in Colorado.


  1. Great shots! How nice of him to pose for you :-)

  2. Ah, the BURROWING owl.

    I've used that joke before on this blog, haven't I?

    I love the one of him diving and then his feet in the next snap. :)

  3. Love this series. My fav, because it's quirky, is da feet. I feel so lucky when ever I visit your blog.

  4. Lisa, these are terrific! I esp like the pale sky and the zigzag of the fence. There's something striking in that design that I like. Oh, and the rare threatened owl is cool too!

  5. Awesome. We saw an owl while we were in Aruba..but we were on horses and I was white-knuckling the rein so there was no picture taking..he's in my memory though. They are awesome birds.

  6. anglophilefootballfanatic.comJune 26, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    I didn't know owls lived in the ground either. Thanks for sharing that. HOW WAS THE DOCTOR?

  7. I had no idea there was such a thing. How wonderful of you to educate us...and give us feet shots to gaze upon! :)

  8. I've always wanted to see one of these. The college in the town where I grew up had these owls all over campus and it was even their mascot.

  9. Very cute. I have seen the burrowing owls in the zoos here.