There was one sitting in the tree just above where I am typing. MAN was it loud. At first I was going to yell at the teenagers next door for raising a ruckus -- then I stepped out on the porch and recognized that it was a great horned owl. Calling. In the pine tree near our house. Unfortunately the flashlight I had was not strong enough for me to see it -- but it was strong enough to disturb it so I got to watch it fly over my head to another tree. They are SILENT as they fly. I would never have known it was flying if I had not seen it. Ben came out with me... now we are both wide awake and bubbling over with excitement.
For living in a city we seem to have quite a bit of wildlife -- wild turkeys, coyotes, hawks, owls, and all manner of small birds.