One of our favorite sounds on the ranch is the soft hooting of the Great Horned Owl. In the warmer months when the hunting is easy, we hear him away in the pines. As the days get shorter and cooler, his hunting brings him closer to the house and barn. Many winter mornings he perches on the barn's weather vane, keeping a sharp eye out for mice. This morning was the season's first sighting of him perched on the barn roof.
I couldn't find my camera (hadn't finished my coffee), so I grabbed my cell phone. That blob on the left is the owl.