Barn owls roosting in a palm tree in a front yard on Hillcrest. Photo: Lee Aurich

Berkeleysider Lee Aurich sent in some vivid photos of a family of barn owls roosting in a palm tree on Hillcrest Road in the Claremont Uplands neighborhood.

(We thought “Hoo’s on Hillcrest?” would be a great headline, but birders know that barn owls don’t hoot, they shriek.)

Do other Berkeleysiders have families of owls in their yards? Let us know.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. What an amazing shot of the family of barn owls. It’s great to see the diversity of nature we have in our very own backyards here in Berkeley.

  2. I had some friends living on MLK near Cedar who had a barn owl family living in a palm tree in their back yard a few years back.  As soon as the sun went down, the owls (presumably the young ones) started screeching non-stop all night.  I’m glad I was just a visitor!  I saw one of the adults swoop in with some kind of rodent dangling from its talons, which was pretty exciting.

  3. Do other Berkeleysiders have families of owls in their yards? Let us know.

    Owl be getting back to you on that…