Monday, June 24, 2013

Burrowing Owls nesting south of Boise

For many years now there has been a colony of Burrowing Owls breeding along Cole Road south of Boise. They typically arrive in late March or early April and start claiming their burrows. This year one pair decided to nest in a burrow right next to the road. Cars driving by on the road pass within just a few feet of the burrow, but luckily the road doesn’t get as much traffic as some of the surrounding roads do.


Burrowing Owl on Cole Road, Ada county. April 7, 2013.

We had actually first seen a pair at this location almost two weeks earlier, but didn’t have our camera with us to get any pictures. After seeing how close they were to the road, we were worried the were at risk of a car strike, and hoped that they would relocate to another nest site. Obviously they didn’t move, so hopefully they continue to avoid any unpleasant encounters with cars.


Burrowing Owl on Cole Road, Ada county. April 7, 2013.

It’s been interesting to see how other cars react to these owls as we park nearby to watch them. Owls as a family typically do a better job than some other types of birds at capturing the fascination of non-birders. With these little guys occupying highly visible perches right on the road side I had thought a few other passersby might take notice and slow down to take a closer look. Instead, every car we’ve seen on this road has just passed right on by. If only more people new what they’re missing by not looking around the wonderful world we live in!


Horned Lark on Cole Road, Ada county. April 7, 2013.

On the way home this Horned Lark also struck a pose for us. They’re quite common throughout most of southern Idaho, but they don’t hold still very well for their picture.


Horned Lark on Indian Creek Road, Ada county. April 7, 2013.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I love your photos, identifications, and commentary! Wish I had found this long ago.