A screech owl!  Last night while trying for Saw-whets, we were delighted to find this curmudgeon in our nets instead.  He (or she) is a hatch year bird of undetermined sex, and may well be the most photographed bird of the week!

Not as cute as a Saw-whet, but still pretty adorable!

Not as cute as a Saw-whet, but still pretty adorable!

He got much more active and alert once we placed him on a perch outside:

Our Screech Owl, getting ready to fly away into the night. Photo by Dominic Sherony.