Too darn cute, burrowing owls

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Too darn cute

Young Burrowing Owls (athene cunicularia) love to play, and in this case, owlet Number One had landed on the pole, when owlet Number Two decided it would be great fun to land right on top of his (or her) sibling. They are so much fun; I find myself laughing (quietly) while watching them!

Burrowing Owlet siblings jump on each other, wrestle, play dead, and goof around just like human children! It teaches skills they’ll need when they’re actually out hunting prey, which they will be doing a lot more soon, when they leave the protection of their parents. Currently mom and dad still watch over them closely, often sending them scurrying into the burrow if there is possible danger around. I adore watching these young owls, and often am laughing while watching them!

Burrowing owls are born underground in burrows, often these are burrows built by prairie dogs. They hunt crickets, grasshoppers, and other bugs, as well as small mammals such as mice, and small reptiles. They are excellent parents, bringing food to their babies until the young ones are hunting bugs for themselves, and even afterwards for a while.

The adults have barring across their chests; the babies start getting these stripes as they get a little older.

Photo taken on July 6, 2020, near Greeley, Colorado.

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