Audubon Starr Ranch Web Cams

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. WOW! It is really windy at SR right now. Can just barely hear the frogs when it is gusting, although they come through well when the wind dies down a bit.
    Also hear what almost sounds like a GHOW, but it may just be the wind blowing around the mic. At any rate, it sounds like it’s going to be a wild night at the Ranch.

  2. Burhani, We haven’t heard from you in some time now. Are you well? I hope so. I worry about our members.
    Do you have any special plans for the 26th of January, Republic Day. I have heard that our President, Barack Obama, is planning on recognizing the importance of the Adoption of the Constitution of India by being in India that day. I don’t know what he has planned, but hope you don’t have increased traffic jams and such because of his visit. I think it was nice that he is acknowledging the importance of democracy, as expressed by many countries worldwide, and he wanted to say how great it is that India’s Constitution has been around for 65 years. I’m impressed: it is not easy, especially for such a large country as India.
    I’m wishing that I got the major facts correct — and that I haven’t made any glaring errors. I have heard it is a time of celebration in India and hope that you have fun, or solemnity, or whatever emotions are felt on such a great day.
    Hoping this message finds you and your family well, and congratulations in advance for such a long period under your Constitution. Wishing you health and happiness, Burhani, as always, even if we have not spoken for sometime.

      • Thank you Beegies. Now I feel silly though, because I’d actually missed a post Burhani left today at 5:36 am. I just now saw it this evening, when I went back to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, and sure enough, there was a comment by Burhani about some beautiful Barn owl pictures that Scylla gave the link to
        ( and related material by Tecolote: ,with art and photographs.

        You are always very supportive yourself Beegies, with petitions and such. As a FYI, I went to the RareEagle awards site today to see if the finalists were listed, but there was no news yet. I know you were a supporter of Brooke and the Whooping Cranes — hopefully they will make the cut. Thanks for your kind words.

  3. WELCOME to mcmahontj… glad you joined in on our wonderful site and amazing group of followers. Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, everyone here is more than happy to help out when need be. WAHOO!!!! the list is still growing…..♥

  4. Good Morning and we still have the strong winds here too. I need some advice from anyone who can help me. This has happened four times now and I finally got to see the proof of what it is. I had a DOVE fly into my window and leave an imprint on the glass. Thank heavens he was alright and flew right past me into a tree but what can I do to prevent this from happening? Any ideas anyone?

  5. Good Morning! Our Starr Ranch viewer/location list has now grown to 223 known fans from 42 states and 8 countries. Our new goal is 225. If you would like to join, please hit the “reply” button in the upper right-hand corner of this post and leave your SCREEN name/location and you will be added and show up on the list posted next weekend. This is purely for the fun of seeing where people reside, so no pressure! Also, it would be fun to see all the states represented. Below is our current list. Have a great weekend! Patti

    Pete has authorized us to continue the contest and once again the prize is a coveted Starr Ranch T-Shirt. The rules: a T-shirt to the 225th viewer to join our Starr Ranch viewer/location list which is 223 long as of this moment; don’t miss out on this exciting contest as you really do want one of the T-Shirts!!!

    As mentioned numerous times, we have viewers from 42 States within the U.S. Let’s see if we can get one viewer from each of the following States: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Pete has generously offered a coveted Starr Ranch T-Shirt to the first person to sign in from each State. Let the contest begin!

    • 2peas4thispod – Huntington Beach, CA
      4pawsmom – Costa Mesa, CA
      4tybee – Savannah, GA
      Adelaide – Alta Loma, CA
      Aimslo – San Luis Obispo, CA
      AintThatAmerica (aka Jack, ID) – Hidden Springs, ID
      Ann – RI
      Ann Salerno – Cote De Caza, CA
      Ariadne (Eileen) – Los Angeles County, CA
      Auntie Em – Rockvale, TN
      AVS – Long Beach, CA
      Barbiej – Poway, CA
      Barbjune – Arlington, TX
      Barn6 – Lafayette, CA
      Basia7 (Barbara) – Katowice Province, Poland
      Beachgirl (aka Sandy) – Ridley Park, PA
      Becky – Yorba Linda, CA
      Beegies – Chicago, IL
      Belinda – Louisville, KY
      Bella – Laguna Hills, CA
      Beth1144 – Orange, CA
      BillA – Orange County, CA
      Birdergirl – Mission, KS
      Birdygent1 – Laguna Woods, CA
      BJ – Huntington Beach, CA
      Bluee – Blue Bell, PA
      Bob – Lake Forest, CA
      Bobriensan – Salem, MA
      Bonnie – San Luis Obispo, CA
      BonnieSue – Trabuco Canyon, CA
      Boxerdogmom – Fremont, OH
      Brae – Kalispell, MT
      BrianAndTammy – Kennesaw, GA
      Bulbwoman – Fullerton, CA
      Burhani – India
      Camillecg – Chesapeake, VA
      Carnation – Tacoma, WA
      Carollee – Mansfield, OH
      Carowl – Orangevale, CA
      Carrie – Aliso Viejo, CA
      Cathi8 – Santa Ana, CA
      Cbolts3 – Fairfax Station, VA
      Chacha – San Gabriel Valley, CA
      CheriLush – Irvine, CA
      Christine – Statesville, NC
      Chuckyss – San Juan Capistrano, CA
      Cindi – Anaheim, CA
      Craniac – Westminster, CA
      CSW73 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      DBW – Irvine, CA
      ddw962 – Schenectady, NY
      Deanna – Garden Grove, CA
      Debbiemango – Philadelphia, PA
      DebL – Calabasas, CA
      Debra, Carmel, CA
      Dianefouty – Cypress, CA
      Dogobedience – Bossier City, LA
      Dootles – Fontana, CA
      DramaMartini – Monterey, CA
      Elbydog (aka Sandy) – Omaha, NE
      Emma – AZ
      EmmieJan – Twin Cities, MN
      Enzo – Costa Mesa, CA
      Erica S – Los Angeles, CA
      Eugenia – Bucharest, Romania
      Fancypants (aka Nana or Barbara) – Lake Forest, CA
      Feather – NH
      Felicia – Cypress, CA (Orange County)
      Finn – WV
      Gammy (aka Pam) – Lake Forest, CA
      Gardenpoet – Winnetka, CA
      Gawoman – Kennesaw, GA
      Gaye – Costa Mesa, CA
      Gem – Ontario, Canada
      Genstarr – Los Angeles, CA
      Gloria – Roseville, CA
      Graycat – Costa Mesa, CA
      Harpster – Las Vegas, NV
      Helen – South Wales, UK
      Hibiscus – Dana Point, CA

    • Hindi – Nevada City, CA
      Hootie – Gloucester, MA
      Hundon1 – Hundon, Suffolk, UK
      Irenee – Central CA (near Monterey)
      Jack – Portage, MI
      Janice – Camarillo, CA
      Jannie – TX
      JeanC – Costa Mesa, CA
      JeanS – Laguna Hills, CA
      Jedson – Elgin, IL
      Jekeala – Brea, CA
      Jlazreal (aka Janice) – Albuquerque, NM
      Jlg – Valley Glen, CA
      Joan – Huntington Beach, CA
      Joan – Mission Viejo, CA
      JoAnne – Anaheim Hills, CA
      Johnna – Virginia Beach, VA
      Joy – Savannah, GA
      Joyce – Mission Viejo, CA
      Judynmo – MO
      Jules – Austintown, OH
      Julie C – Newport News, VA
      jyoder – N. IN
      Karen – Orange County, CA
      KathyG – Yorba Linda, CA
      KathyGutierrez – Orange, CA
      Kazoozbud1 – Garden Grove, CA
      Kcarchitect – Lake Forest, CA
      KT (aka Kate) – Poland
      Leicafool – Haverford, PA
      Lisaalan – Garden Grove, CA
      Lisann – San Pedro, CA
      Litlvxn – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
      Little One – Camp Verde, AZ
      Lizzbh – Las Vegas, NV
      LNMay – Houston, TX
      Loonerunit2 – Virginia Beach, VA
      Lorita – Santa Clarita/Canyon Country, CA
      Lovewildlife (aka Sue) – Hillsboro, OR
      Luisa – Turin, Italy
      Lulu lennon – La Palma, CA
      Lusizzle – Orange, CA
      LuvbarnowlsCFL – Indialantic, FL
      Luvowls – Maryville, TN
      Lynn – Altadena, CA
      Macintosh – Duluth, MN
      Majic1 – San Clemente, CA
      Mango – Simi Valley, CA
      Margaretjeanne – Winters, CA
      Marie N – Cypress, CA
      Marissa – Mission Viejo, CA
      MaryEAG – Madison, NJ
      MaryLiza/Carol – Orange, CA
      Marypat – Adamstown, MD
      Mavisinanaheim – Anaheim, CA
      Maxi23 (aka Maxine) – Milwaukee, WI
      MB – Trabuco Canyon, CA
      Meg – Garden Grove, CA
      Mewzical – Colorado Springs, CO
      Mimi (aka Spohia & Maria) – Corona, CA
      Modjeskagal – Modjeska Canyon, CA
      MommyP – Studio City, CA
      Monica-CA – Fountain Valley, CA
      Moonseer (aka Beverly) – Norfolk, VA
      Mothernature – Flagstaff, AZ
      Mrsanderson306 – Hemet, CA
      Mtnman – Tustin, CA
      Nanger (aka Nancy) – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
      Nita – N. Tustin, CA
      Nofearsgal – La Habra, CA
      Nonni5 – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
      Nuthatch – Southern Ontario, Canada
      Oldbird (aka Karla) – Missoula, MT
      Onthefly – San Francisco, CA
      Orion11349 – Yorba Linda, CA
      Pagar05 – Baltimore, MD
      Pamelab – Lubbock, TX
      Pantha – Huntington Beach, CA
      Patti T – Hilton Head Island, SC
      Patticake98 – Gainsville, GA

    • PaulaP – Madison, WI
      Piesupper – Kings Beach, CA
      PinguC – Livonia, MI
      Piute – Glide, OR
      PLowrie (aka Patti) – Novato, CA
      Questca – Valley Village, CA
      Randi – Scarborough, ME
      RedFox – Connecticut
      ReginaHoo – Glendale, CA
      Retiredmp – Granada Hills, CA
      Rex – Eugene, OR
      Rivercityliver – London, UK
      rock5ash12 (aka Sabrina) – San Fernando Valley, CA
      Ruby – Ontario, Canada
      Ruth Wolf – Oceanside, CA
      Sally Smiley – Cheyenne, WY
      Sand22.Star – Georgia
      Sandy – Garden Grove, CA
      Savannah – Los Angeles, CA
      Schatzi (aka Kim) – Canton, MI
      Scylla – London, UK
      Seal – Seal Beach, CA
      Seattle – Seattle, WA
      Selund – Ellicott City, MD
      Sharon – Southold, Long Island, NY
      Sheila – Mission Viejo, CA
      Silkemonet – Henderson, NV
      Siskin – Altadena, CA
      Skyskimmer – San Diego, CA
      Skywalker – No. Tustin, CA
      Smitty – Great Falls, MT
      Snowl – CT
      Sova (aka Martin & Zuzana – The Czech Republic
      SpencerBrown – Woodland Hills, CA
      Starthrower – Whitehall, PA
      STEVE – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
      Sue m – Rock Hill, SC
      SueK – SW UT
      Sueriov – Rio Vista, CA
      Sunshine97 – Oceanside, CA
      Suzihugatree – San Clemente, CA
      Svh77 – Springfield, MO
      Sway – Irvine, CA
      Swayze – Sheffield, UK
      Sweetles – Costa Mesa, CA
      Tabea – Prudhoe Bay, AK
      Tecolote – Ventura, CA
      Terisimmons – Orange, CA
      Terradog – Freeland, Whidbey Island, WA
      Timewinter – NoCentral, SD
      Tina V – Lake Forest, CA
      Trish – Anaheim, CA
      Ulla – Long Beach, CA
      Vellema – Trabuco Canyon, CA
      Westie – New York, NY
      Wildflower – Yorba Linda, CA
      Wolfeeee – Fountain Valley, CA
      Wynne – San Gabriel, CA
      Xbecs55 (Suzy Davis) – Las Vegas, NV
      Yellowthroat – Mission Viejo, CA
      Yenifer – Modjeska Canyon, CA
      YvonneNieves – Vicksburg, MS
      Zzyzx – Fullerton, CA

      • Welcome to you Mcmahontj. Ventura is such a pretty area. We are honored to have you join our little team of owl rooters. Right now, it has been a little slow with the owls in the “Ritz,” or the cavity, but that can change at any time. Please comment on the world (especially bird related) as you desire. We always enjoy new members who may have new insights about things us “oldsters” may take for granted.

      • Lynn, if I might modify your statement a bit, I believe that it has been requested that we keep our comments related to those birds, animals, plants, etc., that are indigenous to Starr Ranch, rather than the world. That still gives us a pretty wide scope to research and comment on.
        If anyone wonders what that includes, you can scroll up to the orange bar at the top of the page and click on checklists. They cover everything except the insects and arachnids that are on Starr Ranch. We do, of course, often talk about the spiders and bugs. lol

  6. Good Morning, No one home in the Ritz. Windy! Thank you for the wind warnings. Here; the winds have yet to come blowing in. ☼There is local (here in VC) concern for the Loggerhead Shrike. It was absent this past bird count. So if CA locals in OC or anywhere, see any? Please share? I think I have seen them before? I am working on trying to learn how to spot them. Also tell these birds apart, from the Mocking Bird. Very close in looks, when flying. VC bird count was 179 species. Numbers are down. We average about 256.

    • Tecolote, The Shrike’s numbers have assuredly been decreasing. Mickey Long, the past Director of Eaton Canyon Nature Center (and many other nature centers around the greater LA area) has, at least informally, been tracking them for years. The last place I’ve seen them was probably at the Santa Fe Dam (Irwindale or there abouts). We used to see them most every birding trip in lower altitude chapparal or lowlands by arroyos, but they are now seldom seen. It’s very sad, but it is happening to more and more species.

  7. Thank You, Everybirdie for the warm welcome!! I tune in everyday along with my Decorah Eagles as I have been a Decorah Peep going on the 5th season. it’s so amazing how incredibly attached you get to these raptors.. I so Love them all.

    Well, I was hoping since the Owl’s have been on ‘vacay’ mrs spidey would entertain us with her web.. LOL!! She’s even gone, too! :(

    • There is some sort of a black bug on the back wall of the Ritz, near the floor, just to the left of a big crack. Don’t think its one of the spiders, though. Something showed up for you at least Schatzi. Portending bigger things to come, I’m sure.

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