Burrowing owls are delightful birds. They are found on the open prairies of Colorado, usually in association with prairie dog colonies, where they use abandoned prairie dog holes for their burrows. I recently discovered a small flock of burrowing owls near a gravel road just north of Keota, a largely abandoned farming community within the Pawnee National Grasslands. My favorite photograph is of an owl perched on a wooden fence post. His look is very penetrating – just like an owl should look!
The other photo shows an adult owl hovering over a chick. At this time of year, the chicks are ready to leave the burrow, but stick around for handouts from the parents as long as possible. I can hear momma saying “are you still here?”!! Be sure to click on the photo to bring up momma at the very top of the photo.