About two weeks ago Hudson and I took a late afternoon walk at Secor Park. As we approached a wooded area I saw a raptor dart across the path. He was too chunky to be a Cooper or Sharp-shinned, and too small (and in the wrong place) to be a Red-tailed. It turns out he was a Barred Owl - the first time I have seen this species in the wild.
Once again, I was caught without a camera capable of capturing a reasonable image. The Cannon point and shoot I use for monitoring would have suited. It certainly is easily enough dropped in a coat pocket. On the other hand, those pockets are filled with keys, dog poop bags, facial tissues, and a phone.
In all likelihood, phone cameras will eventually be able to do the job. In the meanwhile, I'll try to remember.