Its amazing what you will find in your own back garden. If you just look up, you might just see one of these.
I had noticed some owl pellets (pods of vomit – I know, lovely right?) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellet_%28ornithology%29) in my front garden, and being inquisitive I decided to poke around in a few of them, to see what the local owls were eating these days. Nothing out of the norm, a rat, a ground squirrel, maybe a gofer. Lots of teeth and bones and hair. Then I noticed one that was still quite fresh (read: squishy and soft) and entertained the idea that this had not long been regurgitated! So from that spot on the ground, I looked up and the barn owl in the picture above, was looking straight down at me!
He stayed in my beautiful Chinese Elm for about a month. During the daylight hours I would search the branches and find him sleeping. Oblivious to the dogs or the noise I was making from working in the garden, he stayed on and slept. Around 5pm-6pm, he would slowly wake up and groom as seen below. Getting ready for a night of adventure and tasty meals!