Audubon Starr Ranch Web Cams

03/04/15 I bet most of you will recognize these two from their past visit to the watering hole. This buck STILL has the same antlers he’s had for going on five years now.  Very odd.  But he appears healthy. Pete

03/02/15 Someone else checks out the Kestrel box. Hopefully decided it was too big. (There are lots of natural cavities and other bird boxes at Starr Ranch for these guys to use.) Pete

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 you for all your comments. I have an elderly Apple computer and use Firefox. I have tried clicking on the other two boxes but haven’t given it much time to respond; I assumed it would come right on if it were going to at all. Will try very soon.
    Yes, shoulder healed quite well; not perfect but not bad. Spent afternoon sawing branches and whole trees down from the snow and not much pain.
    Lost one of my kitties last week to cancer; put him to sleep as soon as I heard as the vet said it was not fixable and there was no point in making him suffer. He went while still feeling pretty good. Wish we could all go that way.
    Love the kestrels; they are so lovely. Thanks again.

    • mother nature, it’s so good to see you back on. I’m awfully sorry about your kitty. It’s never easy to have them put down but, as in your case, it needs to be done sometimes. Glad to hear that your shoulder is healed enough to be useable without too much problem. A dear friend of mine also lives in Flagstaff and between her and the NAU alumni assn., I have seen several photos of your latest snow. Brings back a lot of happy memories from my time there. However – I will never miss the muddy slush time. lol

  2. Hello, everyone. I haven’t been on line as much recently and you may have covered this problem but here I am and have a question. When I log in, I get pictures in only three of the five windows, the cavity, the exterior of the kestrel box and the hawk’s nest. I would like to get the interior of the kestrel box and the trail cam and would be willing to give up the hawk’s nest and another (which?) to get the two I want. How do I go about doing that? I am missing the owls as we all are but finding the kestrels lovely and hope we may soon have a family. Flagstaff has finally had some major snow, very heavy and wet, that brought down lots and lots of branches here, but we are still having a lot of birds trying to make a living. Filling our bird feeders twice a day often as there are lots of customers. After all the warm weather, tulips and grape hyacinths and other “earlies” are up and snowed under. Sigh.

    • Glad to hear you are well, Mothernature. Has your shoulder (I think it was) healed well? I’ll leave someone else to answer your computer question (likely Pete or Gretchen — or maybe Pantha or other computer savy people?) I think they will need to know what your computer is, eg. Apple or PC-clone, what operating system you use (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or whatever) to help determine the fix. Good luck. Take care of yourself.

    • Hello, Mothernature, thank you for the vivid description of life in your neck of the woods :-)

      I get all 5 cams in Chrome browser but the kestrel box is “not online”.

      Firefox only gives me 3 cams; Internet Explorer gives 5 cams with kestrel box offline as per Chrome.

    • Hi Mothernature. So happy to hear from you. When I open the website, I have three active cams (the same as yours) and two that are not. I have to click on the arrow for the other two to become active and then it takes a few minutes for them to come up. Patti

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