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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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Spring migration view from the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County

April 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

While the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary is better known to the outside world for its awesome Barn Owl webcam, we also do a lot of habitat conservation and education there. And, as always, we’re cognizant of what birds are using the property. We got this update from Staff Ornithologist Jennifer Wilcox yesterday, and it’s a […]

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Dark-eyed Junco on the move

April 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

0 While this post provides us yet another opportunity to share one of our all-time favorite bird photos (courtesy Dave Menke of the USFWS), it is also a chance to let you know that one of our California favorites is set to take wing for spring migration. While the Dark-eyed Junco — in all its […]

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Video from Starr Ranch Barn Owl banding

February 27th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

This should interest anyone who has been following the Audubon Starr Ranch Barn Owl webcam. The Orange County Register was out at the ranch this weekend covering a bird-banding event for the owls and they shot some cool video: Share on Facebook

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Starr Ranch Barn Owl webcam update: good news and bad news

February 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Bird videos, Birding, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

If you’ve been watching the Starr Ranch Barn Owl webcam lately, you know that a lot has been going on. The good news is that the chicks are doing well and are amazing to watch. The bad news is that the male owl perished just a few days after the last chick was born a […]

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