English and Scientific names:

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

Number of individuals: 

1 age and sex unknown



Specific Locality:

within the community of Holly Beach

Date(s) when observed:

13 December 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

around 8:50 am and then again around 1pm

Reporting observer and address:

B. Mac. Myers III

Eunice, LA 

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Dave Patton and Paul Conover

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

not sure, but I believe it was seen later by several people

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 

10x42 Eagle optics, very good

Distance to bird(s): 

less than 50 ft.

Duration of observation:

several minutes both times; the bird was tame


open lot in town with large rusty pipe

Behavior of bird: 

mostly sitting on ground near pipe or sitting on pipe; flew a time or two


First spotted by P. Conover. An obvious Burrowing Owl: small, long-legged, terrestrial; yellow eyes; whitish eyebrows from base of bill; barred and spotted with brown on buffy-white underparts' back and wings/wing coverts brown with light spotting.


not heard

Similar species:

See description and photo

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

photos by all of us. One by BMM to be sent separately to P. Conover

Previous experience with this species: 

A fair number over the years in LA, and others out west

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

brief notes and memory and photo

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

17 Feb. 2010 11:13