Western Screech-Owl, Otus kennecottii

Western Screech-Owl
This bird roosted for two consecutive seasons in this hollow tree right next to a well-traveled footpath in a popular park, perching in the open only slightly above eye level like this and depending on its natural camouflage for protection. Once discovered, it could be pointed out, thus giving many people their first view of this species, and me my only pictures. Sexes are alike in this species, and most are predominantly gray like this one, with a few being mostly brown.