Audubon Starr Ranch Web Cams

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. Mrs. K is sleeping, all tucked into fluffed up feathers.
    The other pictures show quiet scenes. All seems restful for the morning.

    Did anyone else notice how she fluffed up larger each time the owl “spoke” to her during the visit from the BNOW?

    Hope all have a great Sunday, today. Maybe the AMKE’s might use it as a moving day to their new nestbox home.

  2. I’ve searched and searched but cannot find the collage of the ring number snaps I posted here – it’s got to be on Imgur but I _cannot_ find it :'(

    It was something like …807-72… but there only clear evidence for the 07-72, I think, but I can’t find a shot that shows the 2 on the end, but there was one :-/

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  3. All seems to be peaceful at the moment. Lady Kestrel is snoozing in the Ritz, water dripping at the watering hole, unoccupied trail.
    feather, your video of the BNOW visit was awesome! Mrs. Owl was so polite (there I go, putting a human interpretation to things. lol) just standing in the doorway and not entering. Her vocalizations were fascinating to hear. Thank you ever so much for posting the whole sequence for us to watch. Wish (and not for the first time) that I could understand “owl talk”.

  4. I’m thinking that if a Barn Owl happens to come to the cavity during the day and get “position” on the Kestrel, then when the Kestrel comes in at dusk, it (the Kestrel) will make one fast exit. Perhaps the nest box will be up before then.

    Also, please put a time stamp on any event you observe. I like to know. If a message says “this is a picture of when …….” I still don’t know the time it happened.

  5. We are driving to AZ so I am catching up on all the events so far . How exciting to see our BNOW so early tonight. Can’t wait to see how this drama unfolds. It’s so nice to see some new names commenting and also people we haven’t seen in awhile. Welcome everyone and please continue to post your cornments. We will be needing all the eyes we can get. What will happen next??

  6. Wynne or Scylla, I think the two of you had the most completed band numeral info for our frequent visiting owl, something like xx4-702xx , or whatever. Could one of you post it on the 2-cam for Litlvxn, asked around 1703. Thank you. I’ll hunt back for it, but thought you might have the info written down somewhere handy?

  7. Well….it’s time for Mrs. K to be arriving home about now. What will she come home to? A choice of abodes? A “wingless two-legged big thing” (as opposed to a two-legged little thing like her) clambering around ‘her’ home?
    Tune in later when the cams are back up………

  8. The bees are buzzing the watering hole and the trail cam is looking oh, so cool and serene, on this warm November day.
    Wondering what magic Pete is performing for SR’s viewing public (and avian denizens) – as he says above, all will be revealed later on. THANK YOU, PETE!!!!!

    • I’m sure we could make it work, Ken. We just have to put in some new, non-sticky flooring, maybe some tapestries around the walls to knockdown the chill. Think of all the space the famiy we always hoped for would have to play, chase, and flap — why, I bet they could even do a few flights in here.

      • Ah, but Barbie. I was thinking of a long bar with stools, a bigscreen mounted on the wall, and those theater-recliners I’ve always dreamed about. You and your flapping kids. Have you ever thought about how time restricting they would be? One of us would have to be with them all the time, for crying out loud. No more watching submarine races together at night up by Emerald Cove.

      • One nestbox, and two pairs of birds???
        Tune in tomorrow, for the next episode of, “As the Kestrels Cry,” brought to you by Audubon seed, the only seed available in seven flavors.

    • scylla, the close-ups of the Kestrel’s eye are fascinating. Thank you for posting them along with the captures of the couple “checking out” the Ritz. To anthropomorphize a bit, they do look like they are kicking the tires of a new home, so to speak, don’t they. Wonder how many Kestrel nest boxes Pete has in his stash? lol

      • You and Lynn are cracking me up with your imaginations ;-D

        Just thinking – no wonder the cavity is known as the Ritz, good cavities don’t grown on trees… if you know what I mean ;-)

    • I would advise you not to take on even more, Scylla. It sounds like one stream will be needed for the Kestrel box, so at least one of the older feeds may be taken away. You already do so much Scylla. You do need to take meal breaks and get some rest, what, say one or two times a day?

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