Today, I saw a hawk and an owl.
I started out doing a sweep around the pair of Eastern Screech-Owls, where we've lost track of one of the owl's daytime roosts. I started out at a tree I thought was a likely candidate, and heard two crying squirrels. I looked around and saw a first-year juvenile Red-tailed Hawk finishing up a meal. The prey had already been well eaten at this point, so I couldn't figure out what was for dinner.
I went down to the regular cavity and there was no sign of an Eastern Screech-Owl until quite late. There was this first glimpse at 4:42.
A real look didn't occur until almost 5:00 p.m. I don't know if it was the extra light from the reflection off the icy snow or the cool temperatures that delayed the fly out.
We had the usual look left, look right exploration of the suroundings. The fly out was at 5:19 p.m. I missed the actual fly out and could not find the bird after it had left the cavity.