So, here’s the update: he/she left last week. Without even saying goodbye.
We looked up in the knot where Owly had been stationed, and he/she was nowhere to be seen. Maybe he’s just out for an afternoon mouse run, we thought. But, alas, four days later, Owly was still gone.
Which led to a moment of great relief when we looked up in the tree Thursday and saw this:
“Owly’s back!” we thought. Until we looked closer. It’s a different owl. A grey phase Eastern Screech Owl, specifically. (Owly was a red phase — take a look).
So, we don’t know what’s become of the original. Consider this guy Ashton Kutcher to Owly’s Charlie Sheen.