Burrowing Owls and American Robins – Nearly the same size but two very different birds

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A young Burrowing Owl perched on a barbed wire fenceA young Burrowing Owl perched on a barbed wire fence – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Burrowing Owls and American Robins are about the same size but they are two very different species of birds. Think of a can of soda and that is about how big they are. I have mentioned before in my posts that they are about the same size but I’d never posted images of both species together before and thought it was about time I did for comparison’s sake.

American Robin in a coniferAmerican Robin in a conifer – Nikon D200, f8, 1/500, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1,4x TC at 400mm, natural light

American Robins seem to be everywhere and are easy to spot but from personal experience I can say that Burrowing Owls can be more difficult to see and locate in their habitat because they blend in so well.

The Burrowing Owls just seem “larger than life” to me much of the time.

Life is good.


The Burrowing Owl was photographed in Box Elder County, Utah this year and the American Robin was photographed just outside of Virginia City in Madison County, Montana in 2009.


  1. Elephant's Child July 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Oh Mia. You have badly dented my faith in you today. I never, ever expected myself to be chanting liar, liar pants on fire as I read one of your posts.
    Burrowing owls are HUGE. I know that, Patty knows that, Susan knows that…
    And add me to the list of people with a longing for these birds face to face at the top of her holey bucket.

  2. Patty Chadwick July 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

    If it wasn’t for you and Ron, I’d never have had the great, GREAT pleasure of seeing Burrowing owls….at least, thanks to the two of you, I can–via your wonderful photography! As Susan so aptly said, “…The owls have such outsized personalities”. Thank you sooooo much!!! Seeing these FUNNY little owls, in the wild, will remain on my “bucket llist”, even though my “bucket” is badly dented and has a lot of holes in it……

  3. Eileen July 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Hello Mia, awesome shots of the Owl and the Robin! Great post Have a happy weekend!

  4. Susan Stone July 11, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I’ve not had the pleasure of seeing a Burrowing Owl, but from the photos that you and Ron have posted, I find it difficult to believe that they are the same size as Robins. Probably because the Owls have such outsize personalities…

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