Burrowing Owls at Broward Parks

I saw burrowing owls for the first time at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City about 4 years ago. I also saw some at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill in August 2012. A few weeks ago I saw one at Vista View Park in Davie.

The first picture was taken at Central Broward Park and the second at Vista View Park.




Burrowing Owl is about 7 1/2 – 10 inches tall with a wingspan of 21 – 24 inches, and weighs 4 1/2 – 9 ounces. Unlike most owls, the male bird is slightly heavier and has a longer wingspan than the females.”

“This owl is found in dry, open areas with low vegetation where fossorial mammals (i.e. ground squirrels) congregate such as grasslands, deserts, farmlands, rangelands, golf courses, and vacant lots in urban areas. It was once distributed broadly throughout western North America, but has found itself declining in numbers throughout all historic ranges in the last 30 years. The burrowing owl also occurs in Florida, Central America, and most of South America.” READ MORE

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