Burrowing owls are one of the smallest owls in North America. Burrowing owls get their name due to living underground in burrows or holes that were dug out by small mammals, such as ground squirrels and prairie dogs. When it feels threatened, a young owl can produce a sound much like a rattlesnake. This sound scares away any predators that may be close in range.
Like many birds of prey, the eyes of the burrowing owl are extremely large but lack any muscle to control movement. As a result, the owl turns its head (up to 270 degrees) in order to look around.

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Arrived at EPZ: Goober - 11/10/16