Hello all and Happy Friday! It was such a busy week and it went by fast. I can confirm, I really do like four day work weeks. If only they were all like this, lol.
I keep looking at my Florida pics and all I can think is that I could probably do a blog every day this year with a Florida pic, but I promise not to do that. Although, I may use Florida pics for a bit.
I spent one of my days driving an hour south of the area I was staying in with hopes to see the burrowing owls and their young. The adults were in and out of the burrows, but I only got to see one youngster. I thought for sure the youngsters would be out, but they were apparently running a little late this past year. The adults were fun to watch, I got to see them on the ground, in trees, and on the posts that were used to fence in the burrows. There were 6 or 7 active burrows and I split my time up so I could spend time with each of them. Mostly the adults just sat around guarding their burrows, and periodically they would hunt and bring food back for the kids. They didn't catch anything too exciting while I was there, mostly bugs/grubs.
Burrowing owls are small owls that can be found in open landscapes in the southern part of North America and in South America. They are ground birds and so they nest in burrows. If the ground is soft enough, they may excavate their own burrow, however, they will also take over unused burrows that were made by other ground animals. They can be found in open areas with low vegetation. In Florida, they can be found in neighborhoods, near sporting fields, in parks, and in public areas such at the locations around libraries, town halls, etc. Due to their locations being in public areas, they tend to be more tolerant of humans as long as humans respect their personal space. Their diet consists mostly of insects, small rodents, and frogs.
Here is my shot for today. I wish you all a Happy and Fun Weekend!