We have 2 great horned owls that have been hanging around the farm here for most of the summer. They kind of screech rather than hoot so it took a while to find out what they were. We've seen them many times and when they are on one of the trees by the house or on top of the silo (a favorite roost) we watch them with a spotlight and spotting scope. I've never seen great horned owls up close in their natural environment before. They are majestic, graceful birds yet at the same time deadly predators. I hear one as I'm typing this. Very, very cool birds.