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

02/02/15
Female Kestrel checks out the box!
Will they eventually use it?
Another trail cam visitor on 1/31/15.
Bobcat

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.
Possum
(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 (starrranch.org/blog/barn-owl; 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: http://dropc.am/p/starr-ranch-kestrels
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. Thank u all for trying to help me see the trail cam and the kestrel box.
    However I don’t even have a black sq which would enable me to press the circle.
    Only three right now but I’m just happy to be involved with them waiting impatiently for a wonder owl couple. :-)
    And again for all the comments,pics from Scylla and video from feather, BJ and Patti .
    Love it all and as owlwaysthanks Pete and Gretchen

  2. I’ve got a few hours of the Spa this morning – not many visitors, as usual after the rains. I was too late setting up to catch our Hermit Thrush, I bet it was there.

    Technicolor the finch to celebrate the deglared cam, for which Thank You Pete!

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    A less colourful but equally beautiful bird:

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      • I thought that’s what it was, Wynne, but it’s despairing how few of the birds I am certain of :-( Scott’s Oriole, Hermit Thrush, ACWO (of course!), LEGO (of course!)… oh, and the housefinch.

        So I call many of them “birds” to be on the safe side ;-)

      • scylla, I’m with you on being uncertain about a lot of them. I think part of the problem is that the references always show them from the side and occasionally in flight or from the front. Never from above. A lot of them look very similar from above – especially when the light is washing out colors. So an awful lot of them look greyish/brownish with black and white wing bars. LOL

  3. It looks like a different place! You won’t be surprised that I LOVE having the date/time on the record ;-)

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    However, this is what I get most of the time unless I mouse-over, when it clears for a very short time:

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    And this is the result of a browser-refresh:

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    Of course it’s a work-in-progress, but am posting the pics just in case they don’t see the same at HQ as we do. I’m recording the 60% view now, in the hope that someone interesting… or anyone!… passes by ;-)

    • scylla – I agree that the grey area at top is annoying (at best) and mousing over seems to make it disappear for random lengths of time. But, unfortunately, I think this is controlled by Dropcam, Not sure why because it contains no advertising for them. Any case, I will look into. For starters, I can control what is written there so perhaps if I put nothing, the grey area won’t show. The upside is that the resolution is far superior to my analog cams and Dropcam captures a week of recording continuously. So if someone sees something that nobody happened to record, if you let me know the time/date I can find it. Also, I can set motion sensing areas that will send me email notifications when triggered and take me directly to the clip in a single click. Pete

      • The “upside” is brilliant, Pete, and I am recording it anyway so as to catch any critters in the foreground.

        My gut feeling is that the banner can be sorted, I certainly hope that you don’t have to search for and fetch up sightings when we should be able to – you have enough to do already!

        I do hope that the side-by-side cavity and PTZ will continue to be available.

        Just thinking… if the current placing of the cams on the page is not permanent, and if the waterhole and the trail cams could be swapped, then the trail and nestbox could be recorded as one, just for monitoring purposes:

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      • It sounds like a nice system, Pete. Just the auto-record and motion detect are great. I’m sure everything will work out, and as one that doesn’t record, I think you and Gretchen have done a fantastic job. Thank you Pete.

  4. Good Morning, sun is out a little chill in the air, what a gorgeous day. The water level looks low in the watering hole. As Wynne said everything looks so green. It puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. Enjoy the day and the fresh air.

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