David L. Carson, who lives on Emery Street in Independence, sent in this photo from his backyard, along with this note.

"I had been looking for an owl I heard hooting every morning for about a week. This morning around 8:30 a.m. I saw the shadow of a large bird glide across our deck. I grabbed my camera, went out on the deck and looked up into the tree just in time to see th is big owl staring down at me."

What's in your backyard? Share you photos with Examiner readers by sending them to Executive Editor Sheila Davis at sheila.davis@examiner.net or post to 410 S. Liberty St., Independence MO 64050.