PORT OF STOCKTON
OWL NEST PROGRAM
- Protect our levees
- Enhance barn owl population
- Natural rodent control in order to reduce use of pesticides
- Launched in summer 2006
- 20 nest boxes
- Highly effective, cost efficient, and environmentally friendly
Wow…that was a long breeding season!!! We watched as one pair had 3 clutches which was a record as far as our cams go! Thank you for spending another breeding season watching the Port of Stockton Owl Cams. We witnessed more than 30 owlets hatch, grow, learn to fly, and eventually fledge. We greatly appreciate all of the positive feedback and work to tweak the program each year to make it a better experience. We take great pride in our environmental programs at the Port and we invite you to check out other projects like the Antioch Dunes Restoration project. We hope to see you back in a few months as the owls begin nesting again! Watch the website for updates.
We are excited to announce some bonus coverage this year as the Daggett owls have decided to produce a second brood and we have added the Embarcadero cam in place of the Fyffe box. We are excited that the Embarcadero owls have reproduced after two unsuccessful attempts in previous breeding seasons and the young are learning to fly! Thank you for your patience while we dealt with some technical issues that were out of our control. We hope you enjoy watching the owls along with us!
They say, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” But they don’t say anything about owls. Our Barn Owls have been busy. Check out our Daggett (6 new eggs!) and our Fyffe Ave, (6 new eggs!) live cams to see for yourself.
The time has come again for the owls to begin their nesting season. They are currently selecting their nests and will soon be laying eggs. Watch with us as our rodent control officers carry on their life cycle.
The breeding season has come to end and we are happy to report that all of the owls have fledged. We feel a bit like parents sending their kids off to college, a little sad to see them go but very happy and excited for what lies ahead. The Port thanks you for your interest and we look forward to providing more fascinating footage next year when the owls return to continue their cycle of life.
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AboutIn 2013 the Port of Stockton installed video cameras in two of the Barn owl nest boxes located at the Port’s West Complex. Exterior cameras were added in 2014 to allow us to see what happens on the outside. The cameras are equipped with infrared vision to allow for night viewing when the owls are most active. The video is streamed live and we hope you enjoy following along as our owls continue their life cycle in the relative safety and comfort of the nest boxes.
Cool Facts about Barn Owls
- Barn Owls eat mainly small mammals like voles, shrews and mice. Prey is sometimes swallowed whole and indigestible parts are then regurgitated (coughed up) in the form of an owl pellet.
- Barn Owls do not hoot - they screech.
- The scientific name for Barn Owl is Tyto alba which means "white owl"
- Barn Owls have remarkably long legs, toes and talons enabling them to catch prey hidden at the base of deep vegetation.
- When viewed from above Barn Owls are quite well camouflaged, as the rough grassland over which they usually hunt is predominantly light brown for most of the year. When viewed from below their white under sides are hard to see against the light of the sky.
- Barn Owls hunt at night, and although they have very good eyesight, they rely mostly on their sense of hearing. Researchers found that in total blackness Barn Owls are still able to find the smallest of prey because of their excellent hearing.
- Owl ears are located one higher than the other, which helps them to pinpoint tiny sounds.
- During flight, the left ear captures sounds below while the right ear focuses on sounds from above.
- The feathers on the edge of the Barn Owls' face create a disc, which works to trap and focus sound, rather like our outer ears.