I understand the short-eared owls at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Oklahoma will be leaving soon for their breeding grounds up north. This was my second time seeing them last Sunday.
I was showing a photographer new to the area where they were. It took awhile for them to show themselves, but once they did, we saw at least eight fly up from their resting place in the tall grass.
This was the only one that circled around me and gave me a good look as it did. The others just flew straight away.
These guys are pretty big, and their wings make them look even larger.
We were also told where to find a nesting site of burrowing owls in the general area. There were two of them visible, and several more burrow holes in a 200-yard stretch alongside a country road. One heard something he didn’t like and fluffed up in alarm.
And the hawk: a red-shouldered.
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