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Burrowing Owl

The Burrowing Owl that didn’t go south for the winter

I had heard rumors and even saw a few pictures over the last couple of months of a Burrowing Owl that apparently failed to head south for the season. While I drive by the spot regularly on my wildlife outings, I had yet to see it myself – until today.

A friend (thanks, Bill!) tipped me off that he had spotted it this morning so after work I gave it a shot and sure enough, the little guy was out and about. Thick cloud cover required high ISOs and thus grainy pictures but not too bad of a series. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

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This watchful Burrowing Owl spent the winter of the plains of Colorado rather than heading south for the winter. (© Tony’s Takes)

This watchful Burrowing Owl spent the winter of the plains of Colorado rather than heading south for the winter. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little owl, big stretch

A bit of a TBT to July 4th. Burrowing Owls come to the Colorado plains during the summer and are tons of fun to watch and photograph. Almost without fail, after emerging from their burrows, they stretch in every conceivable direction, clearly needing to limber up after being cooped up underground. This was the first of five juveniles to emerge from this burrow on this morning, striking a pose as it did. To the right you can see the head of one of its siblings as it climbed out as well.

A Burrowing Owl emerges from its burrow and stretches.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Burrowing Owl emerges from its burrow and stretches. (© Tony’s Takes)

A little hanky panky on the Great Plains

This pair of Burrowing Owls? was clearly taking advantage of a warm spring day by partaking in some ‘recreation.’ I did find it amusing that the male appears to be kissing the female but she has a wholly disinterested look. Perhaps thinking, “Are you done yet?” 😉 The pair was successful in hatching a brood of five and they have all since headed south for warmer environs during the winter.

A pair of Burrowing Owls matting near their home. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Burrowing Owls matting near their home. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little owl, big stare

I was pleasantly surprised to see a few of my little friends still hanging around today. This was my first time checking since early last month. This particular Burrowing ?Owl? was happily perched on the fence and let me snap plenty of pictures of it. Taken north of Denver International Airport, Colorado.

A Burrowing Owl gives a very intense stare.   (© Tony’s Takes)

A Burrowing Owl gives a very intense stare. (© Tony’s Takes)

Big eyes on little owl keep close watch

Burrowing Owls are tremendous fun to observe and make great photo subjects. Their diminutive size makes them awfully cute and those bright yellow eyes really get your attention.

This female was perched on a mullein plant north of Denver International Airport and while I thought I was the one doing the watching, it is clear that she was playing the role of a keen observer of me as well.

A female Burrowing Owl keeps close watch from her perch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Burrowing Owl keeps close watch from her perch. (© Tony’s Takes)

“I want my mama!”

“I want my mama!” While this Burrowing Owl owlet is actually just yawning, I can’t help but imagine its look in this picture as a cry for mom to bring it breakfast. Notice to the right one of its siblings is keeping close watch on the photographer while trying to stay camouflaged.

A young Burrowing Owl yawns while its sibling stares from the cover of grass.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Burrowing Owl yawns while its sibling stares from the cover of grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

Peek-a-boo!

I’m not entirely sure why folks have a hard time finding Burrowing Owls. 😉 Here, a pair of owlets does a pretty darned good job of staying out of sight of the shutterbug. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A pair of Burrowing Owl owlets hide in the grass by their burrow. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Burrowing Owl owlets hide in the grass by their burrow. (© Tony’s Takes)

Friday funny: There’s one in every family

😉 This Burrowing Owl owlet north of Denver International Airport was quite the character. While its siblings pretty much ignored me, it was very interested in the guy with the camera. Feel free to share and bring a smile to someone else’s face. Have a great weekend!

One of a group of Burrowing Owl owlets seems a bit perplexed at having its picture taken.  (© Tony’s Takes)

One of a group of Burrowing Owl owlets seems a bit perplexed at having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

Adult Burrowing Owl in flight

I have struggled to get decent images of these fast-moving, erratic fliers but last week at least had some luck. Not as close as I would like and the houses in the background are distracting but I am pretty pleased with the images. These little guys are so much fun to watch – just can’t get enough of them!

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A visit with the new Burrowing Owls

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit my little friends in a couple of weeks and since then there have been big changes. Last time I saw them, the Burrowing Owl owlets were still hiding underground.

Today they were out and about and entertaining as always. Unfortunately it was mid-afternoon so the lighting wasn’t particularly good but it was fun to watch them. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

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The 'kids' hang out. Six Burrowing Owl owlets gather at their home in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The ‘kids’ hang out. Six Burrowing Owl owlets gather at their home in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)