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.