Today was the day of butterflies! The rain held off for most of the day, so we took advantage of it. :) And with the power of iNaturalist, I observed lots of things besides the target taxa. :)
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park was mighty neat.
Way cool to see this owl -- several birders pointed it out to us... because, come on, that camouflage is incredible!
Lechuza atropellada en la Carretera Federal #54, a 10 m del entronque a Pabellón en el tramo Villa de Cos-San Tiburcio.
Observed dead on paved road (probably struck by vehicle) adjacent to mixed deciduous/coniferous forest and suburban habitat. Most likely BADO (as opposed to SPOW).
Little grumpy-faced owl perched over the entrance of Box Canyon Cave.
I was on my way to do some bird watching in the area when I noticed a number of cars parked along the side of the road. As I passed, I saw a line of photographers a little ways off the road. I figured there might be an interesting bird in the area, so grabbed my camera. We watched a burrowing owl for quite a while before it flew away to hunt for food. It may have been at that spot for a little while as there were a number of bird droppings on the rocks.
I didn't realize until I got home that the Burrowing Owl wasn't seen in BC for at least a decade. I guess the Burrowing Owl Society of BC is working to reestablish them in the Okanagan Valley. People around me mentioned that they thought the bird was banded although I didn't see it as my camera lens wasn't as powerful as the ones they had. I'm keeping my geoprivacy setting as 'private' for this bird.
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...