It thought the drainage pipe in the wash next to the house would make a great burrow and it hung around for a few weeks until the rain came and filled the wash. Suddenly the little owl discovered it had lake front property. You or I might rejoice at such a discovery, but for the owl, this was bad news. It left the next day and I have not seen it back again since.
Water-filled wash after a winter storm. February 2008 Sycamore Canyon.
While I was bird watching in Coolidge recently, my son had told me he had seen a little owl standing on the ground in the vacant lot near the school. I assumed right away that it was a burrowing owl. I went searching for it twice.
Burrowing Owl in Sycamore Canyon January 2008
Due to loss of habitat, the burrowing owl is considered threatened in or endangered in many areas. To see a burrowing owl is a special privilege. I was thrilled to enjoy the company of the one that was in the wash next to my house for the few weeks it was here. I intend to keep on looking for the one in Coolidge. I hope it doesn’t lose its home anytime soon. But development is not the only threat to these little creatures. The vacant lot where I saw it is full of tire tracks from dirt bikes and ATVs. I can’t imagine that this kind of noise and activity is conducive to setting up housekeeping for these birds. In my efforts to see and possibly photograph the owls, I intend to keep a respectful distance so they don’t feel threatened in any way. I want the owl to be there for others to enjoy, now, and in the future.
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To learn more about Burrowing Owls visit these links:
All About Birds: Burrowing Owls
Sycamore Canyon: Two Birding Incidents
Sycamore Canyon: Burrowing Owl Confirmed
Sycamore Canyon: Evening Owl
Sycamore Canyon: Snow in Arizona