Friday, July 5, 2013

Checking in on the Burrowing Owls

During May we made a couple of week night stops to check in on the Burrowing Owls that nest along Cole Road south of Boise. We haven’t seen any young yet, but there were quite a few more owls in the area than we had seen on past trips. We have mostly just seen one pair on a burrow right alongside the road, but this time we spotted owls at four separate locations along the road. They gave us lots of opportunities to get some photos. I love the dramatic and goofy faces these owls sometimes make.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 14, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 14, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 14, 2013.

One of our trips was a very windy evening, and it was fun to watch these guys struggle to maintain composure atop the fence posts in the wind.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

During the first part of the season we had only seen Burrowing Owls at a new burrow on the northern part of Cole Road, rather than the fenced in yard they normally nest in on the southern end of Cole Road, just north of the Kuna Mora Road intersection. On this stop, we found several owls that were back using the usual fenced in area.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

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Burrowing Owl on South Cole Road, Ada County. May 19, 2013.

3 comments:

  1. Just outside my house I hear one every night. Tonight there are two. Possible and male and a female/

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  2. Hi Jack, thanks for stopping by my blog. Do you live in Boise? Burrowing Owls are migratory and usually leave Idaho for the winter and don't return until late March. I wonder if you're hearing Great Horned Owls or Western Screech Owls? Both species live year-round in Boise and call quite frequently this time of the year.

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    1. Hello Mr. Davenport,
      I do live in Boise just off of south cole road. We have always had about one owl sighting a year, but this year, and specifically over the past few weeks, I've heard one that has been staying in a tree in one of my neighbors backyards. It very well could be a Great Horned Owl or Western Screech owl. I have never seen it, since it is always dark when it starts talking. I think these animals are fascinating and was trying to learn more about them when I found this blog. It is awesome other people admire them.

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