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A young northern saw-whet owl greeted Dan VanLiere on the sidewalk up to his cabin on Lake Burgen on May 26.

VanLiere snapped this photo with his phone before the owl disappeared by the time he came back outside.

“It must have fallen out or tried flying out of the nest, which was in a hollowed-out tree about 20 feet in the air,” VanLiere said. “The tree was next to the stairs coming up from the lake and I could hear a few other babies inside. By the time we went to go get a ladder, the owl was gone, so we’re not sure if it was able to fly away or scurried off into the trees.”