This little cutie is an Eastern Screech-Owl. Only about the size of a Robin, they can be gray, like this one, or reddish-brown. In the United States they are found almost everywhere east of the Rockies. Because they are so small, their prey consists of small mammals and insects. They nest and roost in natural tree cavities or old woodpecker holes. The book “Lives of North American Birds” says that some Screech-Owls bring small, blind, wormlike snakes to their nest. These snakes burrow into the debris at the bottom of the nest and eat insects, thereby protecting the young owls from parasites.