If you don't have an owl house in your backyard, you need to get one!
We have had this owl house for four years. Every year we have had a pair of owls visit our backyard in the spring and have owlets. In 2009, we had two owlets and watched them get out of the nest for the first time. In 2010, the pair (I don't know if it is the same pair) arrived in mid-March. I think the baby(ies) hatched around May 1st because I can hear the owlets crying at night for food.
The mother usually pops her head out at dusk and will start hunting at nightfall. This is an unusual photo because the mother is looking out of the owl house during the day -- around 4:30 p.m. I think she is hunting before night time because of the babies. Also, right next to this live oak in which the owl house is located, we have a Mulberry tree which is filled with ripe, purple mulberries --- it is also filled with a flock of cedar waxwings eating the mulberries.
In the next photo, it looked like the owls breast feathers were sticking out of the owl house. I thought it looked strange but did not know what it was.
It was not until I later was processing the photos that I realized that those weren't breast feathers; rather, it was a bird that the owl had caught.