Barred Owl -- Barred Hoot Owl- Originally only seen in the east, in the 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 yrs.
"My boss once described them as flying pillows filled with seething hatred - further confirming that owls are the avian equivalents of cats." One of my cats had a look that I called the "owl stare of death".