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Old 03-01-2011, 09:57 AM   #71
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Thank you, rebek! We just love it, finding something willing to get captured by our cameras every day. The Fort Myers to Naples area gets more beautiful by the minute!
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This was taken in Buffalo but I just posted it to youtube last night, A pair of courting pigeon!


YouTube - Pigeon pair in love at CT.MOV

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Oh... How cute!
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:26 PM   #74
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On the way back from our Osprey watch on Pine Island, we went to see the Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral. The area in the vicinity of the gorgeous library has many owl burrows. They are so tiny, 8-10" high, and can look so fierce!

~Florida's Birds~-p1150778ed.jpg This pair was on lookout

~Florida's Birds~-p1150798ed.jpg and this owl on an empty lot of another street was very active, standing outside the burrow, jumping on bugs, preeening,

~Florida's Birds~-p1150817ed.jpg and giving us this wide-eyed look
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Are there many of those or are they a hard to find species?
Do they fly off when scared or burrow under for their protection?
How close can you get to them before they do either?
So small, and sporting such a crabby looking glare...They're almost comical....Very cute.
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Their burrows are on many of the vacant lots in that area of Cape Coral and many are very near the streets. These shots were taken from the car, although you can also get within camera range on foot too. People can get pretty close. The little owls are approachable to a degree. The perimeters around the burrows are staked out and warning signs are posted. The owls will stare directly at you.
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So do they take flight or burrow in when approached?
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They would duck back in the burrow.

In the 90s when I lived in Fort Myers, the burrowing owls appeared on property where one of the Fort Myers libraries was located. Birding people from all over the planet came and set up cameras everywhere around the burrows for quite a while. It was astonishing. I lived quite close and visited them daily. The birds have since moved to the Cape Coral Library territory. I think these birds are quite literate!
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Oh, previous question - they nest in loose colonies very close to each other. There are about 30-40 burrows within a few blocks, clumped together, but maybe 10-15 are currently active. I don't know how rare they are elsewhere but I've never seen them in Buffalo!
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Well then, they must not be 'snow birds'.
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