Scientific Name: Athene cunicularia
Population Estimate: 2M
Range / Habitat: Year-round throughout the American Southwest, and parts of South America. Summers in the American West and winters in Mexico. Builds or inhabits burrows on the ground.
Field Notes: Small owl with no ear tufts. Bars on front, spots on back. Found on open ground as in the photo above.
Personal Notes: Thanks to Birdchick for this photo!