English and Scientific names:

Burrowing Owl, Speotyto cunicularia

Number of individuals: 

1 unsexed, unaged (seen from back only)

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Calcasieu Parish

Specific Locality:

Lionel Derouen Rd., ca. 1/2 mile south of Holmwood

Date(s) when observed:

9 March 2007

Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

James W. Beck
Broussard, LA

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

Robby Bacon

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


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

bird perched out in open sunlight...partly cloudy skies with no shade

Optical equipment: 

Swarovski 10x42 ELs

Distance to bird(s): 

ca. 150 feet

Duration of observation:

ca. 15-20 seconds


agricultural fields grazed by livestock, with hurricane related debris laying around (i.e. tin, destroyed lean-to sheds, farm equipment, etc.)

Behavior of bird: 

bird was initially discovered resting, perched on top of a tin structure.  when we approached, it hopped to the ground and ran under the tin, seeking refuge underneath it.


small brown owl, with small white spots dotting its back side.  round head had a slightly flattened appearance to it, with again small white spots on top. yellow eyes were outlined with white ridges above them, and another white border around the chin. legs were very long in proportion to the body. bird was not viewed well from the front.



Similar species:

Short-eared Owl -- size, length of legs, facial pattern

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

videotaped by Beck, video stills to be extrapolated and e-mailed to LSUMNS

Previous experience with this species: 

New Mexico, Arizona (1994, 2001)

Identification aids:


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James W. Beck

Date and time: 

10 March 2007  1610