it is hard to identify from photo, but in real life it was easy to tell
at first I thought it was a raven but when I saw its head I thought it was a cat but when it flew It didn't make a sound then I knew it was an owl
perched in a tree
San Luis Obispo County, California, US
San Francisco County, California, US
Riverside County, California, US
Heard two calling
All day there has been a great horned owl in the oak tree in my backyard. A group of crows and a single sharp-shinned hawk have surrounded it and been screeching at it non-stop. The owl is still there after five hours. The number of crows has increased.
Two heard calling to each other.
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Immature Great Horned Owl screeches. Seen and heard at the NE Texas Owl Prowl this evening.
The sound recording can be heard at the link below.
The Great Horned Owl, (Bubo virginianus), also known as the Tiger Owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.