The last time we saw the Eastern Screech Owl peaking out of the box was on February 15th, a month and a half ago. I wonder if he has been here all along, and we just haven't been looking at the right time.
Patty first spotted the owl this morning and then again this afternoon. I was lucky enough to see it the second time (but not the first). But both times it poked its head out for a quick look see and then went back in the box.
At sunset our friend Barb came over, bearing wine, and we looked for the owl. It took a while but finally Patty announced, "it's here!". And I was able to get a few shots. It was a bit more active, looking this way and that. We waited on the deck and were rewarded with views of it flying off. Very cool.
While we waited woodcock were calling and turkeys gobbling off in the woods, and a rabbit was calmly eating just below us. We then retired to the living room (much warmer!) and while enjoying the wine watched the flying squirrels, opossum, and raccoon in our garden.
A nice way to end the day.