Watch the Birdie!

A visiting Blue Tit checking out the peanuts and mealworms on offer at the balcony. After setting it up yesterday, this is the very first bird photo taken by my wingscapes birdcam! I’m very excited with the results so far and with its other possible uses in capturing other wildlife activity on the balcony, such as which birds are using the birdbath and using its time-lapse option to record chrysalis metamorphosing in to adult butterflies, etc. Exciting stuff!

An important goal for me when originally setting up the Wildlife Garden Balcony was to try and attract and support some of our numerous  feathered friends  and knew that if I wanted to succeed  it was important to provide the right conditions for them, namely: sources of food and water, shelter and potential nesting sites – all of which are now in place on the balcony.

I already knew that some birds were visiting my balcony garden on a fairly regular basis having glimpsed them on quite a few occasions  – usually when opening my blinds or passing though the  living room. I also suspected that the variety and numbers of visiting birds was probably much greater than I would ever  get to see given that they would almost certainly be visiting when I was still tucked up in bed or out at work.  So, determined to get a better idea of  which particular feathered friends were actually  making use of the balcony garden, I’d been giving some serious thought to buying a specialist,  weatherproof,  motion-activated camera which I could set up on the balcony to capture their images.  After a bit of research,   and checking out other people’s reviews on the net,  I decided to buy the Birdcam from the RSPB  online shop; thereby helping me to establish which birds were visiting the balcony AND supporting a very worthwhile conservation charity at the same time. Win – Win!   Once the birdcam arrived it was pretty straightforward setting it up with the only slightly fidly bit being in trying to attach it to the outside of my frenchdoors in order that it directly faced the birdfeeder. After checking out the camera the very next morning,  I was very impressed with the very first picture it grabbed (of a blue tit) which can be seen above.  This will be the first of many, many more birdcam photos to feature on the blog, I’m sure, and I’m really excited with the possibilities it has in recording other wildlife activity on the balcony, too.

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