This morning at 10:00 I saw something rather large sitting in the tree. I often see the resident squirrel there, so I thought it was that. It was moving a bit weirdly though. It was a Barred Owl roosting.
At around 5:30, the owl came out of its sleeping spot and sat on a more open perch to look around. Then it silently flew away for a night of hunting.
There are definitely Barred Owls in the neighborhood. On Halloween one flew by and landed in a tree before taking off again. A week before there was a pair fighting and making hooting sounds. It's nice to have them around because they help keep the rodent population in check.