There was a movement just outside the kitchen window, and I looked up to see this baby owl flutter down onto the crook that is supposed to hold a bird feeder. He didn’t look entirely comfortable, and had his back to me. Once in a while, he would spin his head around, and one time, I was quick enough to push the shutter in time.
Not long after, he got tired of balancing on there and made the short flight over to the eucalyptus tree. The cactus wrens had been putting up a fuss earlier this morning, but now they went totally berserk. YIKES – there is a huge beast in our tree! EEEEEK!
The owl took the hint and flapped off down the alley, where he then annoyed the Chihuahuan Ravens that were down there. Not sure what he was doing, but the ravens were circling their wagons, presumably in an attempt to roust him out of their territory.
Update: The owl just zoomed by the window, heading over the top of the house. He’s no doubt looking for more hospitable territory to spend some time. It’s only 3:30 in the afternoon, so he has some time before dusk starts to fall, and they commence their serious hunting.