Suddenly, a shout rang out.* It was me, yelling to no one in particular after looking out my living room and seeing a new gray face sticking its head out of the Screech Owl nesting box.
Even from 100 feet, I could see it was no owl. It was Public Enemy No. 1.
That's right, it was an Eastern Gray Squirrel, one of those the furry mischief-makers who -- went they aren't busy raiding bird feeders -- love to evict Eastern Screech Owls from their nesting boxes and then set up house themselves.
I have heard from many Screech Owl nesting box proprietors over the years, and they have lost more Screech Owl tenants because of squirrels than for any other reason.
So far I have found only three counter-insurgency methods that seem to work.
Can you guess what they are?
To be continued Friday.
* See comment to Wednesday's post.