Urban birds face a lot of threats - feral cats, unleashed pets, vehicle traffic, greater competition for food - but thanks to a quick response by city and park officials, as well as a local Audubon chapter, the burrowing owls in Berkeley are a bit better protected. According to Golden Gate Audubon, a burrowing owl was spotted in a congested area of parking lots, soccer fields and pathways, and within two days an orange fence was erected around the bird's roosting area to keep pets out and alert people so they do not disturb the bird.
The same area was home to burrowing owls prior to the 2008 construction of the Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex. That project displaced the owls, but now the one that has returned is settling in to its new enclosure.
What urban birds have you seen defying the risks of city life? Share your experiences in the comments!
Burrowing Owl in Berkeley
Photo © Golden Gate Audubon Society