21 Nov 2013.
Sandy Hook, Monmouth Co, NJ.
Found and reported earlier in the day, this beauty seems to have been moving gradually south along the beach, based upon subsequent reports.
Deep hooting call
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...