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California Towhee stars in this report from the Audubon Starr Ranch

February 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Just got this very cool update from Holly M. Garrod, ornithologist at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County: It feels like this week has been extra birdy! And with the creek flowing, there have been some rather interesting bird sightings. The other day walking up the road I was surprised when two Mallards […]

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Rare coastal sage scrub habitat provides a home for threatened gnatcatcher and many other species

February 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

You’re walking on a trail in Southern California in early May – perhaps Palos Verdes or La Jolla or San Bernardino – and suddenly you are surrounded by fifty shades of green, brown, and gray. The strong smell of sage and mint reach your nose.  Shrub flowers of every shape and color. “What is this?” […]

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Female American Kestrel checks out our nest box at Starr Ranch

February 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

By now, you have probably heard about the Barn Owl cam at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary. What you may not know is that for the last few years, American Kestrels have made nests in the same eucalyptus tree being used by the Barn Owls. Their nest has been about 25 feet higher. Unfortunately, we […]

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Snow at Starr Ranch

December 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

The Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary got a rare dusting of snow last night. (photo by Sandy DeSimone) Share on Facebook

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This week in birds at the Audubon Starr Ranch

December 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Here’s the latest update on Audubon Starr Ranch birds by ornithologist Holly M. Garrod. Really cool stuff: While migration has slowed down and the rains have decreased bird activity, fear not, the birds are still around! The Christmas Bird Count was successful at Casper’s Park, with volunteers finding 50 species! This month’s MoSI session was a […]

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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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