Still rainy and windy, especially on the PTZ cam….kinda getting motion sickness if I watch too long !! LOL !!!
Hi everyone. Looks like this would be a perfect night to spend in the Ritz if I were an owl.
Raining at Starr. Good thing it’s not raining by me as it’s 31.5 degrees here and going down to 23 tonight–so it would be snow.
Just checked the weather for Bell Canyon – predicting winds gusting to 35, which looks about right now. Don’t imagine owls will be flying around too much tonight.
Some of you might be interested in this video showing a barn owl honing in on its prey, watching it while turning its body, and then attacking it–very beautiful, although terrifying for the prey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkP4Ro2gRl8
How cool was that! Thank you, hindi for the link! Fascinating how they fix their eyes and then their body follows.
Wow, hindi !! Thanks !!! Between the slow motion and the music, just beautiful seeing that face and wings in action…amazing.
Wow, windy at Starr Ranch now. There may not be owls flying tonight.
Since it’s been so quiet lately I will share a short story. This morning, approx. 3:15am, I kept hearing a noise. I thought it was my cat having cat dreams, so I woke her up. To my surprise it wasn’t her. It was a GHOW right outside my window, in the pine tree. I opened my window and then could hear the hoo-hoo from what I assume was the male. Then the loud “cat” noise started and I would assume it was the Mrs. They have been around every so often the last month or so, but last night they were really close:))
Is this the ‘cat sound’, MB? #32 (94364)
This is 12/29 (yesterday morning at 5 am) – maybe sounds like the Macaulay clip above?
audio clip of GHOWs: http://youtu.be/njBD3xlbndU
I think the SR clip and the Macaulay are almost identical. ???
Wow! Feather, that is totally it:))
Very cool, MB (and feather) !! Thanks for sharing !!!
I still don’t get the trail,cam or kestrel cam on my iPad and my laptop is stuck in the office.
No posts showing since 3:43 pm. I don’t know if this is correct so I’m posting to see if any other comments show. No activity as yet. I live 30 miles north of Starr Ranch and we have had rain and very strong winds. Winds look rather mild for Starr Ranch and I haven’t seen rain. It is cold.
Becky, I checked in around 3:45 and it was raining a bit then, but not too hard.
Winds are picking up here in Trabuco Canyon:(
Becky, much the same here in G.Grove. Cold and windy – a shower of rain a bit ago. Guess it’s moving down from the north so SR may get it later.
Not that much later…gusting there now :)
Hi Becky and Wynne.i just checked in hoping the cold weather would bring a owl couple,to,the Ritz.
Started raining here in Oceanside at 6:30 PM and is very cold.
Oh hi meg.
Hi, Ruth. It started raining in San Gabriel about 2 this afternoon, then slacked off after a couple of hours. Windy off and on, and in the 40s almost all day. Rain a bit, off and on since around 4. Sure glad I’m not planning to go to the parade.
Hope everyone stays warm and dry.
The white patch is gypsum powder (non-toxic) which records the tracks of animals lured to the scented rock in the middle.
So, I’m wondering what is the white patch on the trail cam?
The Spa looks so clean and shining. If like around my area, there may be some overcast which eliminates the sunglare. Haven’t seen anyone using the Spa, though, after several checks. If humans cleaned the lens, thank you.
Anyone else noticing this? If I open the site from my bookmark and have been logged out, it opens the blog at the point on 12/28 when Gretchen said she was updating the software. Once I log in I get the current page. The cams are always ‘live.’
No, Meg, but I have always had the two sites open in separate tabs… :-/
Meg, this happened to me earlier this afternoon, when I clicked on the bookmark. But just once. I haven’t had a problem since.
You know how YouTube presents you with lots of videos to watch when you’ve finished watching a video? … Well, it just presented me with this – a kestrel landing on an amateur cameraman’s head when he was filming it in his garden (yard?) – what struck me was the kestrel’s vocals, very similar to “ours” but less guttural. It’s very short:
PS – when kestrels were nesting in the side of my house I never heard that sound.
Do you have Eurasian Kestrels over there? Maybe there is a difference in calls? Must have been nice to have the Kestrels so close to watch.
Ours is apparently the Common Kestrel (falco tinnunculus), which is also found in Asia so maybe it is known as the Eurasian Kestrel.
The American Kestrel is falco sparverius.
“My” kestrels had a very distinctive call, I loved to hear them announcing themselves at the start of the breeding season – and then the feral pigeons took over :'(
I had loads of pictures on Photobucket and they’ve all gone except this one:
… and these, which are awful because I had reduced them to avatar size so have had to enlarge them.
I heard scrabbling outside my bedroom window and pulled back the curtain to see this:
You can imagine the panic, rushing to get my camera and trying to keep the curtain open without scaring off the bird :o
This one was taken at 5am against one of the bluest skies there’s ever been in my life (it seemed at the time):
I’m so sad to have lost all the decent captures.