Audubon Starr Ranch Web Cams

02/27/15 Bobcat on the trail cam around 2:15PM today. Nice light, too! Pete

02/18/15 After months of not seeing any on the trail cam, Surprise!
Trail cam at 1AM on 02/17/15. Pete

02/15/15 Jorge is doing some updates, backups, etc. on the server today so there may be times where the cavity, PTZ, and RSHA nest cams are down. Pete

02/08/15 Due to some water now in Bell Creek, activity at the water hole has tapered off considerably because so many other sources are available. I also recently noticed some territorial behavior by the RSHAs by our office. So I’ve switched the watering hole cam to last year’s RSHA nest. While RSHAs don’t typically lay eggs here until around the middle of March, if they’re going to use this nest we could see some new sticks and greenery brought in soon. Please let me know if you see new activity.  Pete

Female Kestrel checks out the box!
Will they eventually use it?
Another trail cam visitor on 1/31/15.

01/28/15 And also a Mule Deer Doe a little while ago. Pete
Mule Deer Doe
01/28/15 Two recent visitors on the trail cam.
(A little quiz: What’s unique about an opossum’s skull?)
Spike Buck Mule Deer
The buck is the one seen at the watering hole and is also the one who hasn’t dropped his antlers in at least four years. Pete

01/21/15 If you want to see some excellent video of a BNOW in action and in some amazing slow motion, check this out:
BNOW hunting in hi-res slow motion (from BBC).     Pete

12/28/14 IMPORTANT END OF 2014 INFO: This is now THE site for Starr Ranch webcams, including the BNOWs. The “BNOW only” cam site (; 2 cams) is currently telling you to come here and will soon redirect you here automatically if you have it bookmarked. The comments from that site will soon be archived and available here, but going forward and to keep things as organized and as clear as possible – especially regarding comments – this is going to be THE page you want to go to to view and comment. As always, feel free to email me if you are having any problems watching or commenting.

On another note, thank you to all who have made this site so much of what I was hoping it would become. It has evolved into a camaraderie of sharing, caring, education and learning that I truly wasn’t expecting. Really, thanks so much. Among other things you have made this easy for me. The nuts and bolts of putting up and maintaining the cams, servers, etc. is actually fun for me and I love doing it. But that I have not had to “police” the site is simply awesome. You guys look after each other and zealously protect what we all have here. Wow.

Also, a sincere thank you to everyone who has helped keep it all going. I think it’s obvious that it takes $ to keep the wheels on it all (buying/installing cams, paying a third party for the bandwidth so many can watch, and just all the other things needed that unfortunately aren’t free). Without you folks, I can’t make this happen. So again, thanks. Onward to 2015.  Pete

11/26/14 Gretchen and I (mostly Gretchen…) are working on some tweaks to the site that will allow some other cams to be watched – like the Kestrel box – We’re also exploring giving you the choice of what cams you want to view because I suspect as I try to add more on the same page not all of you might have enough bandwidth to stream them all simultaneously. Gretchen is also going to make the page wider since most laptops and desktop screens these days can accommodate more than the current view width. Last, comment length is now limited to 2500 characters (about 30 lines), and may get shorter after trying out, so that no single comment monopolizes an entire page. I think most of what can be said in a comment should easily fit within this limit. Pete

11/12/14 Kestrel box is up. Until I have time to work with Gretchen to put this on a page, you can check it out here:
This cam records continuously in a 7 day buffer meaning on the 8th day, the 1st day gets overwritten. But I have motion sensing set up at the cavity entrance so if something sticks its head in I’ll get an email and can take a look. I’ll be out of town from tomorrow until the following Thursday but will still be able to monitor any activity. Also, I might point the PTZ at the box during the day so you can see the setting and also if something checks it out. Pete

11/12/14 10AM PST Cavity and PTZ cams will be off for a bit while I put up the Kestrel box and make some adjustments. Hopefully for just a few hours. Also, if you heard some chainsaw activity this morning it’s just ground cleanup of the limbs I pruned last weekend. Pete

11/09/14 Cams will be off and on for a bit today while a finally get to make some adjustments, clean lenses, etc. Am also going to see what it looks like when I move the PTZ in and a bit higher if possible to get a better angle. I’m also going to place the Kestrel box nearby so that the PTZ can be used to view the entrance hole (there will also be a cam inside the box). Pete

11/08/14 Euc pruning done but took longer than expected, but is done. Cams back up now but will be down for a bit tomorrow when I make some adjustments to them. When I turned cams back on I saw female Kestrel was roosting in the cavity. All is well… Pete

11/08/14 Sometime today the BNOW cavity and PTZ cams will be offline for a while. I need to make some adjustments and further support the boom that holds the PTZ cam. I also hope to put up a Kestrel box w/ cam that the female Kestrel might check out and use. I’ll also be pruning some of the adjacent eucs so there would be a few hours of a lot of chainsaw noise… Cams will be back up by end of day. Pete

09/19/14 I talked to Gretchen this afternoon (who, if you don’t know by now, is awesome and is playing a major role keeping the wheels on this site) about providing an encrypted email address for you folks to use to let me know you accurately guessed launch and return times to win a Starr Ranch t-shirt. She told me how to do this and I will be providing it tomorrow. Because if I just simply post the email address (and none of you should ever put an email address in a comment) for tshirt winners to use then spammers are all over it immediately and I start getting 50-100 emails a day from them. Sad, but true, and too bad there are some bad people out there who spend time doing this – and think it’s OK to do so.  Shame on them.  Pete

09/05/14 A little different watering hole view for a while. Hopefully will give better views of the deer and squirrels. In any case, should give you some context of the setting. Pete

08/30/14 While we are in between nesting seasons and the BNOW cavity has been empty or at least just had an occasional visitor I figured I’d get all our cams up for you to watch. All should play fine, but if you don’t have a high speed internet connection you may find watching all simultaneously will not work well. If so, just click on any screen – that’s lowest on your list to view – to stop the feed. Clicking it again should restart it. BTW, comments here will be unique to this page and not appear on the BNOW cam page to keep things from getting confused. Pete

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  1. Whooo would like to be the first person to add their name to Patti’s amazing list of viewers for the month of March??? All you need to do is post your screen name and location of where you live and that’s it… would be on the list……♥ Hope to see a new viewer soon…..the More the Merrier!!!

  2. The Georgia Great-horned owl chicks are growing fast — the two together make about half the mom. Also, the Texas Barn owls have “bonded,” so may have eggs down the road. It’s time for the Starr birds to get their acts together. Please.

    • Sort of off topic-but not> About computer troubles. I think Patti, & a few others here, maybe have the same sort of troubles?.Where the computer is slow. (I’d loose the sound on the mic. this is how I knew screen/site froze) Drop cam does not work. Long time to post message. Difficult, long time,to log in. Sound familiar?( Personally I could barely get an email out. ) ►The problem was a result of the cable company. They have these devices, called “filters” . So without warning, they climb the telephone poles, & hook them up to your cable service. What it does; is this device, blocks out 75% of your signal. One can spend hours on phone with tech support. They will not tell you this has been installed. So cable guy came here. Seeing my computer is running very poor. He uninstalled the filter. Problem solved. The device looks sort of like a large socket, from a socket wrench tool kit. Or the lug nut on a truck tire. ►They are marked on the pole. With a bright color tag. So they can be seen from street level. Any way after realizing it was not the system. I thought the modem was it. All this time,my service was filtered by 75%. No credit,or refunds on your bill. If you see a cable guy working on your telephone pole, & your internet gets really slow.?.You may have an idea, about what is going on, ☼

      • Good Morning Tecolote. Right on – you described everything to a tee! About 3-4 weeks ago, after a month of calls to the cable provider, they told me to replace my modem (which was theirs). So I went to their place and got a new one. Worked great for about a week and now I’m having the same problems that you described above. We don’t have telephone poles here, just green boxes on the ground, so can’t tell about a filter. But I think I’ll call them this week and see what they have to say. Thank for the heads up! Patti

      • Not off topic at all and thanks for posting this, Tecolote. Perhaps the recent attention to “net-neutrality” will make this happen less and less. It also helps me for everyone to know that if they are having problems viewing the cams it may not be on the Starr Ranch end. When a cam shows ‘server not found’ it almost certainly is a problem here. But otherwise, often is not. Pete

      • Patti- With a good bit of Integrated Tech &Math applied to electronic devices education. Plus this system is owned by a computer expert. System checked out OK.
        Ran the mal ware & spy ware & anti virus tests. Computer was OK.
        I decided that” it must be the modem.” A few months back. It worked, but I would have to turn off the system, to re connect modem, to cable. So I took in the old modem in; & swapped for a new. So called faster modem. It got even worse in troubles. I traded a 1 point in; for a 4 point modem. It really ran poor with the 75% block-out. Tech support on the phone is “Worthless!” This is where I could not even get an email out. Let alone be part of this SR site. Without sitting for hours to post. Or log in. Or anything else! My best advice is: Get the cable guy to come out, & if determined. He can swap out the modem while there.. Is my best advice. Hind sight 20/20. I learned the hard way!
        I did the same exact thing. Went to cable CO. Changed modem. It got worse,with a so called faster modem. Filter installation is a sneaky thing. Not disclosed at all. Only the cable guy can fix it.What I did was> Insist on having the SR site work. This is what I did. He had to make the SR site work! So he did. Now it is very good in service. Filter was removed. I did a photo shoot of all of this too. Including the photo of filter that was removed. The tag on the telephone pole & cable guy going up there to remove it.
        If this is wide spread?. Public Utility Commission should be informed of this. They are the go to place; when utility CO’s do bad things & you feel like you do not have a leg to stand on. Mine is now fixed.
        -A fast way to get someone out; is to ask for credit to be pro rated on your bill. While things do not work. Once you ask of this. They do not lag. They come really fast to fix it!

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