English and Scientific names:

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea)

Number of individuals: 

1 adult

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

at the terminus of Ludwig Ln. (ca. .75 mi. N of LA-1), Grand Isle

Date(s) when observed:

24 February 2007

Time(s) of day when observed:  

~8:15 AM - 9:15 AM CST

Reporting observer and address:

Devin Bosler

Baton Rouge, LA

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

Justin Bosler

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Justin Bosler

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

Overcast sky w/ ample morning light

Optical equipment: 

Nikon Monarch 8x42, Nikon Venturer LX 8x32, Nikon Fieldscope (all in good condition)

Distance to bird(s): 

8-10 meters

Duration of observation:

~1 hour


Sparsely vegetated construction site surrounded by saltmarsh. The bird favored a grassy mound of dirt and concrete rubble.

Behavior of bird: 

Alert and/or at rest most of the time, however it did fly once (a short distance) when flushed.


A relatively small, long-legged, ground-dwelling owl w/ round head lacking ear tufts. Upperparts pale brown, spotted and flecked w/ white, and underparts mottled w/ buffy markings and barring. Apparent dark brown collar on throat and conspicuous white supra-orbital ridge forming the facial disk.  Bright greenish-yellow iris and dull green-yellow bill.



Similar species:


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

video by Devin Bosler, photographs by Justin Bosler

Previous experience with this species: 

very familiar with the species (from CA, ID, and TX)

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

at time of observation:
after observation:

National Geographic Complete Birds of N.A. by Jonathon Alderfer et al.

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




Devin Bosler

Date and time: 

27 February 2007, 1900h