Watch the Birdie!
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.