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Young burrowing owls in the Byron area

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 7:02 am in Burrowing owls.

Young burrowing owls by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Gary:
Photo of young burrowing owls taken out in the Byron, CA, area away from development.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Dave:
Burrowing owls are among my favorite owls. Well, actually, ALL owls are my favorite owls. Sorry. Can’t help it. Guess I’m an owl freak. Some of my best friends are owls. /Gary

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5 Responses to “Young burrowing owls in the Byron area”

  1. Karen Says:

    They’re so CUTE!

    Years ago, back before Mission College in Santa Clara expanded, I would walk there three mornings a week before work. There was always a burrowing owl, standing beside her hole watching me as I passed. I always said “good morning” to her. Now all that area is developed. I hope her (grand? great-grand?) children have found places to burrow and raise families.

  2. Christina Says:

    We see a lot of these at Camp Parks in Dublin. They are adorable! We’ve taken our girls and my nephews out to look for the pellets, to see what they’ve been eating. We also find a lot of small rodent skulls and bones near the burrows.

  3. Dave Harper Says:

    Burrowing owls are very cool. They are finally getting some respect as people are starting to pay attention. I think it is us to us to watch out for them. Discing and tilling is a huge issue in east county. People can call fish and game when their burrows are threatned. It seems to me they are a great resourse for our communities and it would really take little effort to help the little owls survive. Dave

  4. Sandy Says:

    How can i save burrowing owld
    In the new development where they are building homes

  5. Dave Kent Says:

    Not a Burrowing Owl, but every morning of late when I go out to pick up the paper at about 5 AM, I am serenaded by a nearby Western Screech Owl. I suppose they do occasionally “screech” but I have never heard that call. Rather I get to stand quietly in the cool, half-light of early morning and listen to this sweet call:
    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/western_screech-owl/sounds
    (From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
    What a pleasant way to start the day!! :-)

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