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.
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!!