Adventures of Quarantine Hiking
At the end of a long hike, at least long in the eyes of a six-year-old, my son made an exciting discovery.
At the conclusion, after ~1.5 miles of rest stops to watch ducks and pick mesquite beans out of decaying pods lying on the ground, my son spotted a very camouflaged burrowing owl Speotyto cunicularia poking its head out of a prairie dog hole.
Burrowing owls are the only owls active day and night, and this one was keeping a watchful eye on us. I was able to approach the hole a few meters away to get a photograph before it ducked back into the safety of underground.
I feel these little discoveries make a difference to be closer to nature when friends have to stay six feet away.