Well, actually, I had to wait for another hour or so before the bus come to take me home, but I don't see owls that often in the wild (I can pretty much count all of the times that I have seen owls), and so I was pretty excited. Owls are pretty special to me because my first Great Horned Owl reaffirmed my passion for nature and wildlife, especially during a time where my future was very uncertain (and somewhat still).
Anyways, the owl that my friend saw was a Barred Owl (Strix varia), which was a species that I have never seen in the wild before, so this was a lifer for me! It was resting on a tree on the side of the trail, but because it was so well-camouflaged and today was quite cold (therefore fewer people in the park), it was able to have its moments of peace.
I snapped a few photos and then just stood there quietly and admire this magnificent creature. I could look at it forever, but my presence was probably not good for this bird and so I left eventually. I love owls!