Well, maybe this is semi-fishing related since I see owls on the rivers too. These two (see photos) have taken up residence in and around my backyard, screeching and howling much of the night and often sitting on my sport court fencing. We've also found some lovely disemboweled rodents on the grass which I'm sure is not a coincidence. They have let me get quite close to them for photos and have watched my sons play on our court in the dusk as well, so they aren't very afraid of us and I wonder if they might be juveniles with some curiousity. They also have some size to them, maybe on the order of a smaller hawk. My best guess is that they are 18 inches tall. Any idea on the type of owl? I can ID fish and the occasional bald eagle (also nesting across the street) but not these guys. My kids are very curious as to the type. The yellow beaks and yellow claws really stand out.