This evening when I got home from work I was visiting with Laura in the kitchen and I caught a glimpse of a bird fly out of the backyard with something in it's talons. It was just a quick glimpse and I couldn't tell exactly what it was. A few minutes later it flew back into the apple tree just outside of our dining room window. We were able to get a good look and it soon was apparent that it was a little owl. I originally thought it was a Saw-whet Owl but after I was able to grab the binoculars I discovered it was an Eastern Screech Owl. I have heard them before in our backyard but this was our first observation.
I was able to get fairly close to him and got a couple of photos. No wonder I am not finding too many voles in the back yard this year.