This owl was highly unimpressed. She had just been harassed by a pair of crows and then had to suffer the indignity of getting her photo taken immediately after. It was the crows that tipped us off that the bird was even there. Always nice to be able to see an owl during our treks out. I have mentioned before that our local birds here on the west "wet" coast tend to have a sooty coloring to them. It happens in sparrows, woodpeckers and apparently owls. Have a look at this Great Horned owl from the prairies.