HYDE CREEK HOOTERS
In the little forest that straddles Hyde Creek, just down the trail from our Hatchery, live a family of four Barred Owls. What makes these owls special to us is the fact that they augment their diet with fish from the creek. Yes, these are fishing owls! Darin McClain saw one sit on a branch and then swoop down to pick up a fingerling salmon. I saw four sitting over the creek as well. Below are some photos and a short video that shows them communicating with one another. They have an unusual raspy whistle sound. I hope to have more images in the future.