At the risk of sounding like a know-it-𝑜𝑤𝑙, here are a few deep facts about elusive, local park resident 𝐴𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑒 𝐶𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑎. No, we’re not talking about an obscure, underground performance artist you haven’t discovered yet. On this National Bird Day, we’re referring to none other than the beguiling Western Burrowing Owl!
Unlike most mainstream owl species who galivant at night, these nonconformist wise guys are diurnal and thus, love hanging out during the day. They find roosting in trees a little too “on the beak”, so they instead opt to be the only small owl species to boldly perch on the ground.
Burrowing owls have adapted to habitat loss by often making their homes in human-constructed structures like drainage pipes. irrigation canals, parking lots, school yards, golf courses, and artificial den sites set up specifically for them by conservationists.
Burrowing owlets are known to have a distress call that sounds remarkably like an agitated rattlesnake, thereby scaring off potential predators.
Burrow into our park website to learn even more about these resilient and resourceful desert city dwellers at: https://go.nps.gov/1siw4s
Image: A close-up image of a tawny-colored borrowing owl gazing toward the viewer with wide-open, bright, yellow eyes.