I recently had a chance to spend a morning with these cute little burrowing owlets. They were getting large enough to start hunting bugs on their own. They sure do show off their fun personality though. This one was jumping up and around trying to catch a meal. A few fun facts about the burrowing owl. They are a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation. In Colorado they can usually be found near or around prairie dogs. They live underground in burrows they’ve dug themselves or taken over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise, where they hunt mainly insects and rodents. Their numbers have sharply declined with human alteration of their habitat and the decline of prairie dogs and ground squirrels. When alarmed they jerk their bodies quickly up and down. Watching this behavior really makes for some fun photos. They are active during the day which allows for photographs during the beautiful light of the morning and evening. However, they can be quite skittish. It is best to use a blind or start visiting the burrow early in the season to get them adjusted to having you around. This was the adult bringing in a meal for one of the young. They would all get excited whenever mom or dad flew in with a meal. It was adorable how they would all turn to look at the parent and chirp to get the attention focused on them.