Do you enjoy watching live OWL cams?
If so, then you have come to the right place!
I have searched the internet to find a collection of entertaining cameras that watch owls. Now you can come to one place to watch the drama that unfolds during the daily lives of these magnificent birds of prey. (Make sure to save this page as a FAVORITE)
You will find 8 owl cams featured below.
Depending on the time of year, many of the below live cams below might be off-air for the season. If this is the case, then I included a highlight video to watch until the nesting season begins again.
In addition, a few of the streams were unreliable, so I couldn’t embed the live video into this page. Instead, I included links to the Youtube channel where you could see the current broadcast.
If you notice any links that need to be fixed, or if one of the owl cams has entered nesting season and is now streaming live, please send me an email to update this page – [email protected]
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Cam #1: Screech Owls in Austin, Texas
Eastern Screech Owls named Olivia and Alton use this nesting box to raise their family!
To view the current live stream, you will need to watch the Jollyville Screech Owl House channel on Youtube.
While she is sitting on her eggs and raising her chicks, Olivia can be seen throughout the day and night on camera. Once the young owls fledge, then she leaves as well to teach her babies how to hunt and take care of themselves. But even when the juvenile owls depart permanently to find their own territories, Olivia comes back to the nest box during the day for protection and shelter.
Alton can only be observed while he and Olivia are raising their babies. Usually, he starts to hang around beginning in January and February to court Olivia and then provides food for her and the babies once they are born. Alton rarely goes inside the nest box, unless he is being chased by Blue Jays. 🙂
Once the eggs are laid in the spring, it takes about 28-32 days for them to hatch. The owlets grow up fast, and it only takes another month for them to fledge! To read a history of the past breeding seasons, you can check out this website.
Lastly, it’s not uncommon to see squirrels inside!
Owl Cam #2: Barred Owls in Tulsa, Oklahoma
This cam provides multiple views of a Barred Owl home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The tree is situated at the end of a residential driveway!
To view the current live stream, you will need to watch the Barred Owls of Midtown Tulsa channel on Youtube. The embedded video above is a short highlight.
The nest has been successful over the past years, producing many chicks that grew into adults.
For more information regarding the “Barred Owls of Midtown Tulsa,” check out their Facebook page.
Cam #3: Long-Eared Owls in Missoula, Montana
Instead of watching inside a nest box, this camera is looking at a known roosting area for Long-eared Owls.
Long-eared Owls are unique in the fact that they are communal roosters. As many as 13 owls have been seen at the same time on this stream! It’s also surprising to learn that the owls that congregate with each other are usually not related.
You can expect to see the most owl activity during fall and winter here in Montana. Since owls hunt at night, the daylight hours are the best to observe.
The camera runs on solar power, which is incredible! But occasionally, during the short, grey days of Montana’s winter, the cam does not get fully charged and is offline.
*Please note that sometimes at night and during the off-season, you may be watching “highlights” from previous years. Look at the lower left of the video to see if it says, “Livecam Highlights.”*
Cam #4: Barred Owls in Indiana
*The above video isn’t a live stream. It’s a highlight video of the 2019 season.*
This live camera follows the action of a pair of Barred Owls. Interestingly, this nest box is located in the backyard of Jim Carpenter, who is the founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. Jim originally put up the nesting box in 1998, and for the first eight years, no owls used the box to raise their family. But since then, owls have nested here almost every year!
The owl box is located 32 feet high in a Pignut Hickory Tree, faces north, and is only 75 feet from the back of his house. Jim lives in a wooded, rural area, so it’s common to hear dogs barking, cars going by, or homeowners doing chores. These are all sounds that the owls have adapted to hearing.
There is also a second camera located outside the box so you can watch the male bring food to the female, and see the cute owlets stick their faces outside. 🙂
This owl cam only runs for a few months each year. Here is the typical timeline:
- January/February, the owls first start arriving to check out the nest.
- Early March: The eggs are laid. Incubation lasts between 28-33 days.
- Early April: The eggs hatch!
- Early May: After a month of being fed and raised inside the nesting box, the owlets fledge into the big wide world!
*When this camera is not live, you can find a highlight video embedded above that shows highlights of the previous season.*
Cam #5: Great Horned Owls in Charlo, Montana
Welcome to this nest that features Great Horned Owls in Charlo, Montana.
For a good portion of the year, the camera is offline, but you can watch highlights on the embedded video above. But starting in February, nesting activity begins, and this cam starts streaming live again!
The Owl Research Institute studies this nest in an effort to promote owl conservation. Like all owls, Great Horned Owls do not build their nests. Instead, they use holes in trees, ledges on cliffs, caves, or abandoned nests of other large birds (like the nest seen above).
Great Horned Owls are one of the earliest breeding birds in North America, with courtship happening between October – December. Most eggs are laid between February and April, but the timing varies greatly depending on locality!
Cam #6: Snowy Owls in Alaska
On this camera, you can watch a Snowy Owl nest in Alaska! Interestingly, Snowy Owls build their nests on the ground, since there are no trees in the Arctic where they breed.
This nest is part of a long term research project by the Owl Research Institute studying the relationship between the Snowy Owl and their favorite prey, the Brown Lemming.
The camera only runs live between June 1st and September 1st when Snowy Owls are nesting in the Arctic. During this time, there are 24 hours of sunlight in the Arctic, so you can tune in at any time to see what is happening at the nest.
*When Snowy Owls are not raising their young, and the cam is offline, you can watch a highlight video of the previous season above.*
Cam #7: Great Grey Owls in Montana
This nesting site features the largest owl in North America, the Great Gray Owl! The camera points directly at the top of a broken tree, which is commonly called a “snag,” and is the location where the female owl has laid her eggs the past few years. Tree “snags” are common nesting locations for this owl species, along with certain human-made structures and abandoned nests of other large birds (eagles, ravens). Great Gray Owls do not build their own nests.
The surrounding habitat includes dense forest that borders against an open field, which is an ideal nesting location for Great Gray Owls.
This owl camera typically goes live starting in February. Once the eggs are laid, it takes them between 28-36 days to hatch. After the chicks hatch, they only stay in the nest for about 3-4 weeks before jumping down to the forest floor. The owlets will spend another 1-2 weeks hopping around on the ground before they can fly on their own.
Once the young can fly on their own, the female disappears, but the male stays around to help feed the juveniles until they can hunt on their own.
Located in Montana’s Mission Valley, this Great Gray Owl nest is part of a study by the Owl Research Institute.
*When this owl cam is not live, you will be watching a highlight video of the previous nesting season.*
Cam #8: Barn Owls in California
The above video clip is a recording. To watch the current live stream of this owl cam, you will need to view the Teco and Lotte Youtube page.
This owl cam features two Barn Owls named Teco and Lotte! The live stream looks inside their nest box, which is located at a restaurant in Moss Landing, California called “The Haute Enchilada.” The owner is committed to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Keeping the owls nearby is part of their “green” pest control program!
What are your favorite owl cameras to watch?
If you watch any LIVE owl cams on the internet that would make a great addition to this page, please send me an email – [email protected]