Owls Don’t Read

Cape Coral Burrowing Owls Photos Uncategorized

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). nesting season for Burrowing Owls in Florida is from Mid February to July.  Apparently the owls can’t read, because here in Cape Coral, we see owls as early as December.

Below is a photo of an adult Burrowing Owl with two chicks.  These chicks are at least 3 weeks old or older. and were seen on December 26, 2015.

Early Chicks

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  1. Les Lincke, Ft. Myers, FL

    I am a photographer who visited Cape Coral today in the hopes of getting some Burrowing Owl pictures with there young. I found several nests but no owls sitting on their porches. A local told me that they seam to leave the area for brief spells, maybe 3 to 4 weeks at a time. He said he hasn’t seen the Owls for several weeks. Are you aware of this and can you give me information when the best time is to photograph the birds?

    • Cape Owls

      Cape Coral has upwards of 2800 burrows spread over 100 square miles. but not all of them are occupied. There are burrows in town that have been occupied for years and others that are used briefly by the owls and then abandoned. Other times the owls may have satellite burrows and move between them. I have not see instances where they regularly leave for a few weeks and then return. I see burrows that were abandoned and re-occupied the next season. Owls will abandon a burrow if there is excessive activity at the area. This happened at the Cape Coral library. There were so many visitors and photographers, that all the owls abandoned the burrows there. As far as when to see them, I would suggest looking on this website http://capecoralburrowingowls.com and there is a section that gives detailed information as to when the best time to view the owls is, and what you will generally see during any given month. The owls are here year round, so the owls can be seen anytime of the year.

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