The great owl bonanza of 2013.

Monday was an exciting day.  I joined Rhett of Owlcentricity and his buddy, Julian, on an all day wild adventure to eastern Washington in search of every nonbirder's favorite bird: the owl.  It was crazy.  I am pretty sure it will be a long time before I can say I saw 13 owls in one day again.  15 total were seen but I missed two that we passed in the car.

We visited a lot of parks out there near the Snake River but rather than go into detail, I will just present you with the goods.  And there were a lot of goods.

Cooper's Hawk

 Great Horned Owl (#3 of 10 that day)

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Saw-whet Owl (dude did not care about us and went back to sleep)

Rough-legged Hawk

See an owl in there?

Barn Owl

                      Barn Owl feathers

 Dead Red-tailed Hawk, cause of death not apparent

 Great Horned Owl (#8, most likely the meanest sumbitch we encountered)

Black-billed Magpie

Likely Short-eared Owl

At sunset we stood around a dirt road along the train tracks where a Great Horned Owl was hunting and coyotes were howling at the rising full moon...  Listen to them on this video I put on Flickr.

Such an amazing day!  The final owl tallies for the group:

Great Horned Owl- 10
Northern Saw-whet Owl- 2
Barn Owl- 2
Short-eared Owl- 1

We also encountered several Rough-legged Hawks, a couple of likely Ferruginous Hawks, a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk, and probably a million other awesome things I'm forgetting.  Enormous piles of thank yous to Rhett!  Good times!!