The Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral
The largest population of burrowing owls in the state of Florida is in Cape Coral, with an estimated 1000 nesting pairs. Unlike the Western species that live in abandoned prairie dog or ground squirrel burrows, these dig their own burrows. Their nests are fairly easy to find as a local conservation group marks off the areas with PVC pipe and erects perching posts. They are found in empty lots, fields and residential lots. The juvenile owls are now as large as their parents and have lost all or most of their down feathers. Check again next spring for the baby owlets! Click on an image to see full size.