Nemesis Bird, Defeated!

I’ve been wanting to see a Burrowing Owl for years. Years. I’ve had a long series of near-misses, never quite managing to be in the right place at the right time to lay eyes on one. Well, no more.

Yep, the brown dot circled in red is an owl hunkered down at the entrance of its burrow at the Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, Arizona. It was keeping a wary eye on the female Northern Harrier patrolling the area, and at one point when the harrier swooped directly over the owls’ mound it scurried back into the opening. It was fun to watch.

I’m taking advantage of the free wifi in the Phoenix airport to write this while I wait for my plane to start boarding. When I get back to northern Wisconsin tonight I should find three inches of snow on the ground waiting for me. About time!