January 29, 2020 I'm still hoping that a screech owl will move into our owl box this winter. Meanwhile, I got my owl fix yesterday with a different kind of bird --- a burrowing owl, which I understand is rarely seen in Central Texas. Burrowing owls prefer West Texas and the Panhandle, where they nest in abandoned prairie dog tunnels. And yet somehow one has taken up residence in a pile of boulders in a field slated for development in East Austin. He or she stands vigil each day on the rock pile, perhaps keeping an eye out for insects, lizards, or small rodents. Burrowing owls are one of the few owl species that's active by night andday. Burrowing owls stand only about 10 inches tall. Though she be but little, she is fierce (with a nod to Shakespeare). Yellow feet match yellow eyes. Brown feathers speckled with white help it camouflage among the rocks. With a head that seems to turn all the way around and big, solemn eyes, owls are fun to watch. I hope this one stays safe in the construction zone it's moved into and wonder if it'll head west to its preferred desert or grassland before they rev up the bulldozers again. I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you're reading this in a subscription email, and find the comment box at the end of each post. *** Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events **Mark your calendar for the May 16th ** hosted by the Travis County Master Gardeners. Six private gardens in and around Austin will offer opportunities to learn about drought/deluge-tolerant, Earth-Kind® landscaping and butterfly, herb, vegetable, and succulent gardening. Join the mailing list for ! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I'm hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year. Held in Austin, the talks are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply . All material © 2020 by Pam Penick for . Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. * * *** * * * * * *
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