This post comes all the way from Illinois. I bet my Uncle Todd doesn't know he's a contributing editor to this blog!
Thought you might get a kick out of the new resident in our birch tree 10 feet from the front porch.
Its a barred owl. I’ve never seen one before. He just sits in the tree (no nest) and gets chased occasionally by other birds (for the last few days) but always returns. The limb is over the sidewalk and besides the white splots he emits, there are also grayish balls consisting of tiny bones, fur, and feathers of the creatures he has dined on. He looks pretty well fed.
Anyway, its kind of neat. We are enjoying his company. He is a pretty good size owl.