Burrowing Owl  
Burrowing Owl
When you notice a hole in the ground like this one:
Burrowing Owl Nest
Burrowing Owl
lots of things might come to mind. In this case, the critter you'll find is this adorable Burrowing Owl.
Burrowing Owl at nest entrance
I've enjoyed watching these birds for many years now. In fact, this particular nesting spot was once threatened by the construction of a parking lot, but the bird protectors and those who wanted to build the lot reached a funny looking compromise; they built the lot around the nest area leaving an "Owl Island" in the middle of the parking lot.
Little update: It has been a while since I took these pictures, and I have not seen the Burrowing Owls  there lately.

I have seen a different owl - and this time it's in my yard! Have a look.

...and I've since found another - this time a pair

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