a Great Horned Owl sitting on my fence.
They breed and nest in January or February. I suspect it was looking for a mouse, squirrel or bunny that live in the natural park behind my house.
I was glad my kitties were safely inside. I lost one kitty to an owl or coyote in the mountains where we used to live. I have seen a Great Honed Owl in-flight carrying a full size rabbit in Estes Park, Colorado.
This is the first time I have seen a Great Horned Owl since living in New Mexico. I have heard their calls at night when they are usually active. But this was about 8AM in the morning.