Burrowing at Sunset

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© Micci Shannon
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A burrowing owl enjoying the last light of day. True to its name, the Burrowing Owl nests in a hole in the ground. Although it is quite willing to dig its own burrow, it often uses one already provided by prairie dogs, skunks, armadillos, or tortoises. No other owl is commonly seen on the ground and during the day.

Ewwww fact: The Burrowing Owl collects mammal dung and puts it in and around its burrow. The dung attracts dung beetles, which the owl then captures and eats. Kind of makes him look less cute, doesn’t it?? Haha!

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  • Eivor Kuchta

    Eivor Kuchta (Deleted) gave props (29 Oct 2010):

    Beautiful light!

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