Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Burrowing Owls of the Parking Lot

DSC_0199 Burrowing owls-kab Burrowing Owls 9-2-13

On the south side of town is a parking lot well known to birders where a family of Burrowing Owls has made its home in one of the drainage slots in the parking lot. I had been here once before trying to find them with no luck, but it was during the week on a busy day. Today was Labor Day and NO ONE was here…except the owls! My sweet husband drove me there in his Camaro Convertible so it was easy for us to stay in the car and use it as a blind. He parked the car and I took my shots but I also just sat there and watched the birds through my binoculars. It is a rare chance indeed to get this close to these birds. At first we only saw three birds but then…

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DSC_0207 BUOW-kab 

DSC_0211 and then there were 4-kab …a fourth little bird popped out! What a cute family!

I wonder if there are anymore in there?

While I have already seen burrowing owls earlier this year on the Santa Cruz Flats in Pinal County, seeing them here put them on my Pima County List for the year.

30 comments:

  1. They are so cute - thanks for sharing this.

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  2. I have bird envy!! I've tried to find them before, but to no avail!! What a cute little family!

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    1. kaHolly, they are so comical looking and they always make me smile!

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  3. I used to see one perched every morning on one of the white water things out in the ag fields by my school. I'll have to see if he is still there! I used to drive by to take his picture, and he would turn his little head all the way around the other way! Pffffftttttttt!

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    1. trav4adventures, that is so like a bird not to cooperate!

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  4. I love these cute owls! Great sighting and photos, Kathie! Happy Birding!

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  5. I, too, have serious bird envy!!! These are awesome shots, Kathie! And what a place to find them!

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    1. Tammy, I know! and they made it so easy!

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  6. The car makes a superb bird hide Kathie.
    Those Owls are cute little characters.

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    1. Roy, yes, Gus' convertible did make a great bird hide! They birds were not the least bit worried or distressed! We were just one car on a quiet day but during the week this parking lot is full and busy, so I guess they must be used to cars!

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  7. Wow! This is a major target bird for my son and me. We are hoping to see one when we visit AZ this winter. Great photos of an incredible sighting!

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    1. Josh, well I hope you find some! I can sure point you in the right direction!

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  8. They are adorable. Had a pair at the CA Living Museum when I volunteered there. Loved to watch them bob up and down.

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  9. HI Katie what a find. They are adorable looking just standing there.

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  10. Your Burrowing Owls are adorable Kathie!

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  11. Super cute, they are such comical little things. What a great sighting.

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  12. Awesome Pics! They are so cute. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    1. Thanks Sparrow Seeker! And thanks for your visit to my blog! Welcome!

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  13. Wow what a treat to be able to get so close to all those owls.Good idea with the convertible and I'll bet you made it there in good time with that car! Terrific photos Kathie!

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  14. Wow...how neat is that! I almost never see owls. The next time I am out there if they are still around, you will have to tell me where to find them.

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  15. Ever since I started birding, I have wanted to see these cute little owls. Lucky you! I would love to just sit and observe their behaviors. Wonderful owl images, Kathie!

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    1. Julie, come on down! I would love to show them to you!

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