While sitting on the patio around noon today I spotted a shape in a tree over the back fence that looked like an animal. I squinted and realized it was a second screech owl having a siesta—the male of what I now hope is a nesting pair, with the female still occupying the owl box.
The female in the box is very skittish (protecting eggs or owlets, I hope), but the male in the tree was cool as a cucumber, letting me get directly beneath him for a closer portrait and only slitting his eyes slightly to watch me. He’s very small, about 8 inches tall, and absolutely adorable.
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