That is a cute story.
We had a screech owl in the Christmas tree once. Seriously! The cat was staring at the tree, climbing it, going nuts over something inside and up the tree, and when it was finally located, the little screechy was scared stiff, clinging to the branch up near the top, motionless - it had been there for at least an hour. We had stored the tree in the barn, he must have flown into it then and clung on for dear life when Dad brought the tree in and set it up on the stand.