Earlier this week I published a post about Burrowing Owls and said:
It won’t be long before spring migration and the birds that come to the Great Basin to breed will arrive in great numbers, among those spring migrants that I most look forward to seeing are the Western Burrowing Owls.
Well, yesterday on Antelope Island I spotted an adult Burrowing Owl back lit by the morning sun near one of the man made burrows on the island. The photo is cruddy but I enjoyed seeing this little owl. It was the first of the winter Burrowing Owls I was to find yesterday while on Antelope Island State Park.
I spotted another adult Burrowing Owl just outside of its burrow less than an hour later, it was all scrunched down and didn’t open its eyes except for the tiniest sliver. The owl looked cold and it was cold.
I’ve seen other Burrowing Owls in winter months here but I hadn’t seen any of them since November so I was excited to find these two.
Seeing them reminded me of how much fun these owls can be to photograph, especially the juveniles. They are so very photogenic, funny and animated.
Burrowing Owl juveniles seem so curious about their surroundings and that extends to the people who are watching them. That is until one of the adults brings in food and then they are all about filling their belly and keeping their siblings away from their meal!
It will be months before I see young Burrowing Owls but finding the two adults yesterday brought a huge smile to my face and brightened up my winter day.
Life is good.