I’m fascinated by the Pawnee National Grasslands. One of the great things about the Grasslands in the abundant wildlife, despite the forbidding nature of the landscape. Prairie dog colonies, despite the many annoying holes in the landscape, are a rich source of food and habitat for several interesting species. I won’t dwell on rattlesnakes, but I do tread carefully when I’m in a prairie dog colony! Burrowing owls often use abandoned prairie dog holes for their nests, and they can be seen perched along the rim of a hole if you look carefully with field glasses. I’ve attempted to photograph these wary birds several times, and had a little success as shown on the accompanying photograph. The owl is that tiny brown thing in the center!
On an earlier occasion, Janet learned from a friend that a burrowing owl was often seen on fenceposts just outside a small town south of Fort Collins. On the same day I heard about this marvelous opportunity, I visited the location and got an up close and personal photograph of this owl, who seemed to be posing for the picture. Hope you enjoy this glimpse of Colorado wildlife!