Thursday, June 10, 2021

Western Burrowing Owl - Owlet on Forrester Road

The third burrow with owlets the same morning was found on Forrester Road between Bannister and Walker. There was a cement slab and a burrow right next to it. The owlet hid in the hole and then came out to eat insects brought by a parent to it. Forrester is a paved road that gets quite a bit of traffic and the owls seemed to be dormant and wait for a car, truck or tractor to come by and then scamper to feed and move about while that commotion was going on, to keep me distracted, then go dormant again. I saw a parent feed another parent an insect, which it ate, I saw a parent feed another parent which it then gave to the owlet and I saw a parent directly feed the owlet. Both parents seemed to be feeding the owlet, taking turns staying in the burrow with the owlet while the other parent hunted for insects. 
Here a parent feeds the owlet an insect. 

Here a parent feeds another parent an insect. 

The other parent descends into the burrow, presumably to feed to the owlet. 

Here a parent stands on the cement and the owlet's head pokes out of the burrow. 

Parent hops off the cement and disappears into the burrow. 

Then owlet emerges from the burrow with wings semi-flapping and heads to the other parent for an insect. 

Parent, with an insect in its mouth, is just visible at the left-side of the photo. 

Owlet grabs the insect and disappears into the burrow. 

First, there is a parent to parent exchange of an insect. 

The second parent heads to the burrow to feed the owlet. 

The owlet emerges to take the insect. 

The owlet has eaten the insect. 

Parent and owlet stand for a moment.

Then parent hops into the burrow and disappears. 

It is fun to watch the parents and the owlets interact and I was amazed at how often and how much this owlet got fed. 

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how many insects per day an owlet needs. Seems like they'd need to be eating all day.