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..
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.
I once had a dream of standing on a marble balcony the same color of these beautiful birds and there were two of these majestic owls that were both over five feet tall. I felt absolutely at peace. The odd thing was that this was after reading H.P. Lovecraft stories that night before bed.