If you’re looking for an action-packed photo subject, these little owls are not it. They are only active at night and once that sun comes up, they sleep and sometimes show themselves soaking in the sun.
However, in terms of cuteness, the screech owl can hang with the best of them and sometimes you get lucky and see one open its eyes. I watched this one for an hour and other than turning its head, it never showed much life – until a dog came rustling through near its tree. That at least got it to briefly and slightly open its eyes while it checked out the intruder.
This particularly eastern screech owl was a new one to me thanks to a tip from a friend. I continue to search for my “own” screech owl but have not had any luck yet. The day will come though I am sure. Well, I hope! 😉