Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Very Special Neighbors: Burrowing Owls..."Hoot a Thought"

A family of burrowing owls has recently settled in a few streets away in our community. They are very special, so I want to share our delight in them. In late afternoon, you can hear them start hooting in a low, almost dove-like coo. Then you can catch a glimpse of one or two of them sitting on a high post or fence near the little quiet park. That's just about when the park empties out and the owls begin their watch. This wonderful photograph of burrowing owls was posted on our community's website by a neighbor. According to these owls are a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Thank heavens because these little critters made their nest right in the front lawn of a corner house. They dug a long wide tunnel which could possible have been mistaken for a mole hole or something like that. There are a lot of interesting facts about them.

What have we learned? Burrowing owls live in the ground and have a wide habitat area. So be careful next time you see what you think is a mole or prairie dog hole. Burrowing owls population is on the decline due to loss of habitat.

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