And this is no April Fool's joke!! Yesterday evening DH and I were sitting in the living room when all of a sudden, he jumped up and ran for the binoculars. "There's a great horned owl sitting in the tree out there!" he exclaimed. Hmmm...I was skeptical. Even though we do hear hooting from the woods that lie behind our house, I always assumed they were smallish guys. But, no. I immediately shagged this photo off the internet from a nature site so we could verify his coloring and habitat range. Sure enough, he is our neighbor! Isn't he gorgeous? Soon three crows flew onto nearby branches. We really didn't want to see a war between these feathered friends and luckily, they just engaged in a staredown for about 20 minutes. Of course, I then began to worry about what he would choose for his prey. The fish in our pond? The frisky rabbits that are hopping down the bunny trail? My croakity frog buddy? I think I am better off not knowing. After all, an owl has to eat too. And Rocky and Natasha were reminded, once again, that they are forever house cats!