They were only about sixty feet off the dirt road. When I shut the truck off, I was happy to see they didn't fly away. I spent about fifteen minutes, putting my best sneak on them. They don't miss much. All but one finally flew off. The one went down the hole, and would occasionally peek over the edge to see what I was doing.
Thanks for the photo tour. Do those owls seem to be lone residents of the holes? I used to see some sort of small owls, always in Prairie DogTowns, cohabiting with the builders, it appeared. There were also rattle snakes in the 'housing development.
That was near my home long ago when I was about ten years old, if I recall correctly, and we didn't see them often. Only about ten miles from here, but most of us have eliminated many of the prairie dogs, tho there is a small one on this ranch. I haven't looked it over lately.
I wonder if they might be one of the least damaging critters on the 'endangered' list? Seems like others on it, wolves other carnivores, might be selected for the most damage they could inflict upon domestic animal production.
Owls are interesting creatures, and these little guys are cute, to boot. Oh, some of the carnivores are majestic and beautiful in their own way, but can do plenty of damage. The 'endangered' business (and isn't it truly what it is, based on people employed in enforcement, etc. of the programs, not even including animal right groups' fundraising or 'the cause'.