California Burrowing Owl

California Burrowing Owl, Burrowing Owl, Joshua Tree, Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach, firefighter

So, no trip to Joshua Tree would be complete if Clyde didn’t stop by to say ‘Hi’.  He is actually quite inquisitive and quite the friendly chap.  Clyde is not much of talker.

California Burrowing Owl, Burrowing Owl, Joshua Tree, Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach, firefighter

Clyde, like most (California) Western Burrowing Owls, is pretty active during the day.  He generally likes to grab a meal between dusk and dawn.  Given that he has great night time vision, that is a perfect match to go out looking for a meal.  After the sun abates, most of the desert’s creatures come out of hiding.  Clyde has a thing for small insects, lizards and small furry rodents.  Hey, it’s his diet.

Oh, by the way, he is quite the prankster.  More than once Clyde has tried to convince me that he has only has one leg.  You’ll notice on the pictures above he is using different legs.  It’s an owl thing.  The guys that have studied owls try to tell convincing stories why, Clyde does just to play with us.

California Burrowing Owl, Burrowing Owl, Joshua Tree, Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach, firefighter

Most burrowing owls range in about the 9 to 11 inches range with a wingspan of 20 to 24 inches.  I am not sure how old Clyde is.  He’s been stopping by our campsite the last few years.  They live to be about 7 to 11 in captivity.

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About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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