Fort Myers, Florida
We hung around the house most of the day. We did some laundry and then decided to take a drive to Cape Coral to search for the elusive Burrowing Owl.
The photographer, Eric that we met at Corkscrew Swamp told us these little owls could be found in Cape Coral, near the library. He said to look for the little wooden crosses that have been put up for them to roost on. We decided to see if we could find them. They are not an endangered species, but a “species of special concern.” There are only an estimated 3ooo in Florida.
They are unusual in that they are active during the day and live in burrows underground.
We drove to the library and immediately saw the white pcv pipes that surrounded many of the burrows, and also the crosses that Eric mentioned.
We looked and looked all over the area. There were a lot of nest areas….but no owls. The pcv pipes were surrounding the burrows to keep lawn mowers from riding over them. Cape Coral seems to be pretty protective of their owls.
We thought we were going to leave without seeing any of the little owls……
but Al finally spotted two of them in one area.
One was quite a bit smaller than the other. They were very cute! They look much bigger in the picture than they really are.
They were only about 9 inches long….much smaller than I thought they would be.
They hang out near their burrow and just sit there and watch you. They didn’t appear to be nervous and just watched me take their pictures.
It was definitely worth the drive to Cape Coral. They were just so darn cute!
We have really enjoyed our campsite. We chose a site away from the crowds and have been able to look out our windows and see trees and grass….and no other rv’s…..
Today we got two rv’s from Quebec on one side. They appeared to be traveling together. They set their motor homes up a little differently than I’ve seen before. Both rv’s have tarps completely underneath the entire rv. The tires are all off the ground as well. Al thinks they are trying to keep the bugs away. The campground may not be too happy with that set up though because that grass will be completely dead when they leave.
We also got a big Winnebago on the other side. Gone is our pretty view! Oh well, it’s to be expected this time of year.
We like this campground. I’ll take some pictures later.