What a predator - silent, deadly, and they can fly in total ( almost anyway) darkeness.
Yes, they're cute too, unless you're a mouse or some other small vertebrate.
Aren't hawks a bigger issue for small chickens than owls?? I think owls prefer mice or voles. I know the ones we were photographing were chasing voles or mice in the fields.
We do have a nest of 2 peregrine falcons in downtown, and there are lots and lots of bird skeletons beneath the TV towers they sit on watching for prey.