I forwarded your post to a friend in Seattle, WA area who sent me back this regarding the Barred Owl from Cornell:
"This is from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology BONA on-line ( available
through the Seattle Public Library's website):
Known to perch over water and drop to capture fish (Smith et al. 1983).
Observed wading in shallow water to capture fish and crayfish (M. Gibson
On Nov 25, 2012, at 6:55 PM, Paul Wieczoreck wrote:
> Late this afternoon I was scanning the eastern shore of Shelburne pond when I spotted a Barred Owl perched on a cedar snag along the shoreline. Seemed like a bit of an odd place for an owl to hang but who am I to judge . It had a splendid view of beautiful pond and a sweeping view of a dynamic sunset to the west -there was all night to catch rodents. Then all of a sudden it jumped off the perch and was dropping to the water 20ft below. It's talons hit with a splash while it's wing tips just grazed the surface. Sorry to say it came up empty "talloned" but nevertheless quite a show!
> Fishing?? Can't imagine too many reptiles swimming about as the temperature was heading south of freezing. Not yet having one of those night vision spotting scopes and with toes and fingers freezing, I retreated towards the warm car. The owl returned to its lake viewing perch and I called it a night. Does anyone know if Barred Owls catch fish??
> Paul Wieczoreck