Over the long weekend we had two very different animal sightings. First is a lady bird or lady bug:
|This is its true colour out of the sunlight|
I have been unable to find out what kind of lady bug this is. It is brown with 14 black spots ringed in white. The pronotum ( new word for me) is black and white, with possibly two white spots by the eyes. The lady bug sites I found do not show this creature.
Later that evening we had the great fortune of seeing a Saw Whet Owl. Our attention was hijacked by a ruckus created by some robins and jays. Eventually the culprit emerged from the trees and showed himself off to us.
They are not a big owl, only getting to 7 or 8 inches (17-22 cm.) in length.
As it was dusk I had a difficult time getting a good picture. The first two are with flash, the last two are without flash.
Addendum: It appears I was mistaken on the type of owl. This owl is a juvenile Eastern Screech Owl. I looked up images of the saw whet after I posted and found differences in the plumage as well as, saw whet owls do not have ear tufts. I was close but no cigar as the saying goes. They are the same size owl at eight and a half inches tall and enjoy similar habitats.