Historically, the burrowing owl occupied the prairies of central Florida.
Humans have created new habitat for burrowing owls by clearing forests and draining wetlands.Burrowing owls inhabit open native prairies and cleared areas that offer short groundcover including pastures, agricultural fields, golf courses, airports, and vacant lots in residential areas.But sometimes they will both be in the burrow, especially when disturbed.Wait and watch or check back often and you'll be sure to see them! A: The yellow post is actually a T-shaped perch that the owls can use for increased elevation to survey their surroundings. A: Burrowing Owls are most active at dawn and dusk so mornings and late afternoons are the best time to view them.Burrowing owls use burrows year-round; for roosting during the winter and for raising young during the breeding season (Feb - July).
Florida's owls typically dig their own burrows but will use gopher tortoise or armadillo burrows.
One of Florida's smallest owls, it averages nine inches in height with a wingspan of 21 inches.
The burrowing owl lacks the ear tufts of the more familiar woodland owls.
But they will appear at any time of the day so keep watching!
Q: Why is there a fence around the owls and why are they so close to the road? A: Typically burrowing Owls breed in the winter from January to March but these owls have been known to breed throughout the year and raise multiple broods.
Burrows extend 4 to 8 feet underground and are lined with materials such as grass clippings, feathers, paper, and manure.