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Burrowing owls (Original Post) Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 OP
Really good pictures but then I think owls are cool. 😎 Deuxcents Jun 15 #1
Wow! That would be devastating for them. Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #6
How cool! ShazzieB Jun 15 #2
Thanks! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #7
Wonderful owls, my dear Grumpy! CaliforniaPeggy Jun 15 #3
Awwww thanks Dear Peggy! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #8
I love owls. Very nice! Solly Mack Jun 15 #4
Thanks! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #9
Splendid photos of fascinating birds! Mousetoescamper Jun 15 #5
Thanks! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #10
K&R for these amazing photos! Rhiannon12866 Jun 15 #11
Thank you! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #14
Thank you! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #21
Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this, GOG! I love them! ❤️ littlemissmartypants Jun 15 #12
Thanks! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #15
YW! Sure seems so! ❤️ littlemissmartypants Jun 15 #17
I love burrowing owls. StarryNite Jun 15 #13
Thanks so much! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #16
Stunning photos, Grumpy Old Guy! Diamond_Dog Jun 15 #18
Actually, they are pretty chill. Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #19
Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. n/t iluvtennis Jun 15 #20
Thank you! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #22
They're great! CrispyQ Jun 15 #23
Thanks! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #24
Love these! HAB911 Jun 15 #25
Thank you! Grumpy Old Guy Jun 15 #26

Deuxcents

(17,301 posts)
1. Really good pictures but then I think owls are cool. 😎
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 12:59 AM
Jun 15

We have burrowing owls over in the Cape n there are folks rescuing them because of the rain event we just went thru so they won’t drown. My rain gauge had 11+” in 48 hours but I don’t know how much rain they had just west of me but it was quite a lot.

Grumpy Old Guy

(3,331 posts)
6. Wow! That would be devastating for them.
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 01:42 AM
Jun 15

We get our share of torrential rains out here too. However, I don't think our rainy season coincides with nesting season.

ShazzieB

(17,225 posts)
2. How cool!
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 01:09 AM
Jun 15

I ❤ owls. They're so good at looking both cute and fierce at the same time, a combination I find irresistible, and these are very nice shots.

Mousetoescamper

(4,079 posts)
5. Splendid photos of fascinating birds!
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 01:22 AM
Jun 15

I can appreciate the work, travel and planning involved in getting these.



Would you consider cross-posting this wonderful collection in the Birders forum?

Diamond_Dog

(32,833 posts)
18. Stunning photos, Grumpy Old Guy!
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 08:52 AM
Jun 15

Do they let you get very close? I wonder how they live in such an arid environment. …. Fascinating creatures.

Grumpy Old Guy

(3,331 posts)
19. Actually, they are pretty chill.
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 09:49 AM
Jun 15

You can tell by the photos that they never took their eyes off us, but in many of these photos we were only about fifty yards away. We shot most of them from across a road or drainage ditch. They have a particular warning call that they make to alert each other and their offspring to get back in the burrow.

The Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge is in Imperial County, California, along the southern edge of the Salton Sea. It's in a heavy agricultural area that is criss-crossed by open irrigation ditches. All of these birds were burrowing alongside those ditches.

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