Monday, May 18, 2015

Looking for Owls

Saturday May 16th

Today as I was heading home from work, I elected to make a stop on Lee Road that sometimes yields Burrowing Owls. The site is a property along Alico Road in San Carlos Park in Lee County being developed as the Alico Road Business Park. 

Just before the financial crisis several years ago, this property was was prepped by felling trees, clearing brush and removing a railroad spur. However as the the economy continued to crashed, the land just sat as is awaiting better times. But the cleared property attracted grassland birds including Meadowlarks, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harriers, Bobwhite, Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows.

It also attracted a small population of Burrowing Owls.

The owls were best located along the Lee and Domestic Street parcels, Especially as they were brooding their young.

Today I was able to see three of the owls along Lee Street, but they will become more difficult to find after the babies have fledged.

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