Drove over to a new conservation property yesterday to take a look around and spotted one of many special status species that will be protected. Years ago we used to routinely see these critters at the local golf course, but over time their habitat has dwindled.
Once the golf course managers poisoned the ground squirrels the owls disappeared from that spot, but they’re still in the neighborhood. The best place to find them is on heavily grazed grassland. Their eyesight seems to be their best defense mechanism and they thrive on open pastures where the young can dive into their burrow and the adults can fly for protection.
You often find the owls near home sites and small pastures where grazing is heavy.
Because the burrowing owl hunts during the day, they are typically more visible than other owl species. Often the adults are somewhat approachable.