Tonight, I had the bright idea of taking the computer outside on the deck, and playing YouTube sounds of Screech Owls, wondering what might happen - I kinda hoped one owl might land on my computer - however, we ALL remember "The Birds"!
I heard the robins making a ruckus, so played an Eastern Screech owl's sounds and calls, and in a matter of 5 minutes there was one little guy sitting on the deck rail, looking back at us. DH and I sat there mesmerized. Soon the robins found this little owl and did their pestering and dive bombing, so he fluttered to a nearby spruce for safety. I continued to replay the Youtube video and I could see him listening (I think) and also he replied with his little trill. Soon a second owl arrived in the area, sitting on a cable. Eventually both of them took off, without a sound.
I didn't have my camera so will repost 2 photos from a few years back when they roosted in our backyard spruce. We feel blessed they shared a few moments with us.