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.
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.
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.