Photo: Behold the beguiling burrowing owl

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Our photo of the day comes from San Luis Obispo County, California.

Burrowing owls are not your usual owl; they hunt in the day and live not in trees, but underground, among other not-so-owlish behaviors. And they have really long legs, as can be seen in this marvelous photo by Sam McMillan. Sam writes:

"It's been some years since I've seen a Burrowing Owl in the wild. Burrowing Owls are listed as Endangered in Minnesota, Threatened in Colorado, and as a Species of Concern in Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The burrowing owl is federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the United States, Canada and Mexico."

Read much more about these curious creatures here: 8 wonderfully weird facts about burrowing owls.

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