English and Scientific names:

Burrowing Owl ()

Number of individuals: 




Specific Locality:

Hackberry Ridge; ca. 5 miles W of Johnsons Bayou

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

10:28-10:30 a.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Paul Conover

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


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 was close, perched on ground, and to the N.Sun was to the SSE.Decent light, but bright, given the bare ground.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10s, Nikon d50 w/200 mm lens.

Distance to bird(s): 

Flushed from ca. 10 yards.Viewed perched at about 20-30 yards.

Duration of observation:

About 2 minutes


Bare, arid cattle-trampled dirt near a scrubby remnant chenier.A road cuts through the dirt area, and under the road were large iron culverts.

Behavior of bird: 

Flushed from in or near culvert.Flew close to ground and pulled up about 20-30 yards away.Bobbed for a while, then flew to next culvert down. †††


A small, long-legged owl that perched on the ground.


Pale brown below, brown transverse barring across flanks and upper breast.Legs pale.White throat and chin, pale ďuni-brow,Ē golden yellow eyes. Brown above, marked with pale brown ovals and spots.


Basically a typical Burrowing Owl. †††††††††


Not heard.

Similar species:

No other similar owls that Iím aware of.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Yes, 4. ††

Previous experience with this species: 

Quite a bit.These were annual birds on family land through the 70s and early 80s, Iíve seen about a dozen in LA since, and Iíve seen them out west in pretty large numbers.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Memory, photos

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