As I peered over the gate into the duck's yard my eyes locked on a visitor's eyes.
The Jays were harassing him/her from the cover of the Filbert but it was too dark to see them. I quietly pulled back from the gate and rushed into the house to grab the camera.
S/he was still there when I got back!
The camera was on a preset I had programmed just for this situation. Through my big lens these pictures were taken at 1/15 of a second with the ISO pushed up to 3200. If you don't know what that means that's OK. It was dark. Many of the pictures I took were blurred and deleted.
So after bracing the camera on the fence for the good stills I got I took a chance with a flash.
Cool. Still there. One more.
Three more jays arrived and the owl was surrounded. At the trunk of the tree to the left of the owl's head is a jay in the shadows.
S/he moved deep into the cover of the cedars. They jays kept up their harassment well past 10am before moving on.