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Bird update from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Here’s another fun round-up of bird seen at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County, courtesy Ornithologist Holly Garrod: This week, while enjoying a nice morning at the cabin, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk visit the bird bath and perch less than 50 feet from me! He took a drink, we stared each other down […]

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Cool wintering birds from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

November 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We just got this update from ornithologist and educator Holly M. Garrod, reporting from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: This week proved to be very exciting bird-wise. The other day I watched a Merlin fly right through the canyon! (And no, not the wizard). A Merlin is a small falcon-like bird that often […]

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How to ID a California Gnatcatcher

August 11th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Federal Policy, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, State Policy

The California Gnatcatcher is a distinct subspecies and was confirmed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 1993 as endangered. 77,000 is estimated to be its total global population.* It is emblematic of the rich coastal sage scrub of southern California, an enduring remnant of our wild coast that is now one of the […]

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Have you ever seen 174 bird species in 24 hours?

April 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

During last year’s Starr Ranch Birdathon, the superstar team corralled by Starr Ranch Sanctuary Manager Pete DeSimone, saw or heard 174 species in 24 hours.  Expert birders Bruce Aird (President of the Sea and Sage Audubon Chapter) and Steve Alter (Sea and Sage’s Christmas Bird Count Coordinator) played a huge part in setting that record and […]

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The “Kinglet” of SoCal Winter Birds

November 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Guest post by Sandy DeSimone, Director – Research and Education, Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary Ruby-crowned Kinglets have arrived in Orange County!  One of our smallest songbirds, kinglets breed in the forests of Alaska and Canada and the western U.S. mountains. They spend winters across the southern US, Mexico, and Central America. Watch for these tiny […]

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A California Towhee for the ages

July 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Our colleagues down the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County last weekend held their last bird banding of the season, and they found some cool stuff. Most interesting was a California Towhee first banded on May 25th, 2002 – making it 12 years old. Starr Ranch’s Jennifer Wilcox is pictured above, carefully examining the […]

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Abort landing!

June 19th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We’re totally enjoying watching the Starr Ranch Barn Owls learn to use their wings. Their getting the hang of things has resulted in some classic moments, like the one in the video below where an doesn’t quite stick its landing on a branch next to its sibling. Share on Facebook

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Birds of the Week report from Starr Ranch

January 19th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird L.A., Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Jennifer Wilcox sends us regular updates from the bird-banding program at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County. Here’s her latest (photo of Band-tailed Pigeon by Tom Sheffield): It felt like summer this week at Starr Ranch and the with the warm winds came a few surprises.  Our third MoSI banding pulse began on […]

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When Huell Howser visited Audubon

January 8th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird L.A., Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Like the rest of the California community, we were stunned to read of the passing of broadcaster Huell Howser. His contribution to documenting the glories of California — mostly through his public television shows — was a treasure that will likely never be replaced. Because he managed to turn just about every inch of the Golden […]

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Black-chinned Hummingbirds grow fast

November 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Wildlife photos and video

Our Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County has had a camera on a Black-chinned Hummingbird nest for several years now. It’s not active at the moment, but a few years back we put together a compilation from the camera showing just how fast the birds grow. It’s pretty awesome: Share on Facebook

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October 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Nature education and activities, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

If you’ve been a fan of the Starr Ranch Barn Owl webcam — or even if this is the first you’ve heard of it — now’s a great time to start paying attention to it again. After months of what appears to be increasing interaction, a new, banded male and a new, unbanded female Barn Owl […]

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Welcome to ‘Owl’ A

July 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

We were stoked to see two of our Pasadena Audubon chapter leaders covered in today’s LA Times. The article, “At night in the San Gabriels, venturing into the world of the owls”  covers the reporter Gale Holland’s night owling with Lance Benner and Kathi Ellsworth: One of the marvels of living in Los Angeles is how easy […]

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Birds and rattlesnakes at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

July 20th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Wildlife photos and video

Our colleagues at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County always find interesting stuff when they do bird banding. But last week, they outdid themselves. Not only did they find some cool birds, but they also encountered a serious reptile. We’ll let Jennifer Wilcox, the sanctuary’s ornithologist tell the story from here: Share on […]

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White-eyed Vireo at the Audubon Starr Ranch

May 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird conservation, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Our colleagues down at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary have been conducting bird banding sessions all spring, and this week they briefly caught a rarity, a White-eyed Vireo. A quick look at the records by Sanctuary Ornithologist Jennifer Wilcox indicated that this might have been just the second or third sighting of White-eyed Vireo in […]

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Western Tanagers hitting California big time

April 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Kern River Preserve, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

As we predicted a few weeks ago, the arrival of the Western Tanager in California has been sudden and spectacular. We’re seeing reports of sightings on the birding listservs from all over the state. And as spring migrants go, this one is hard to miss. It’s yellow and black coloring stands out marvelously. The Western […]

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