During a visit to the cemetery around sunset time, I came across this beautiful Owl. The Owl was very noisy, perched on top of someones gravestone. I ran back to the car and luckily enough when I returned the owl was still around.
Barred Hoot Owl- Originally only seen in the east, in the 20th century spread to the Pacific NW and southern California. These large stocky owls nest in tree cavities in large mature forests, often near water. Average life span in the wild 8-23 yrs..