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  1. Thanks again for the bump Kevin...Hello BarkityBark! I wanted a way to capture the beauty of birds/wildlife but have the convenience of watching it on my television. My background is engineering within the AV/networking/RF industries so during the pandemic pause I put that all to work and set out to accomplish just that! Now my tagline: Hello all again from Tampa Florida. I have an online backyard bird-feeder streaming live on Twitch+Youtube...Check it out sometime! Live view of the Feeder: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam OR www.youtube.com/user/birdsiviewcam Now for the details...This mission like usually all my endeavors are like putting together a puzzle without knowing how the puzzle pieces are going to fit or how many there are going to be. Something so simple like viewing a bird feeder was very challenging. I knew the technical aspect of it all but the bird feeder part was more of a pain to incorporate into that world. So I understand all the challenging aspects of those before me in order to make this happen. In my case I had three worlds to overcome. The technical, birdfeeder and virtual and marry themselves together so it wouldn't break the bank or my back! 😉 With the pandemic, time was at a standstill so I had plenty of that to think it all through. Looking back if it wasn't for the pandemic, I would not have the time required to accomplish what I did. With every layer just adds more points of failure so keeping it simple is what you would always want to strive for. Are there more things I can do to even perfect this bird camera? Sure like adding a more robust power backup and losses of internet connection when living in Tampa Florida deals you throughout the year but for a total price package with all three worlds under $500 is somewhat astonishing to others who currently do what I am doing for more than quadruple that. Sooooo to answer your situation. I would try to use the best image resolution that you can afford and suggest anything at least 2k (1440p) 3.7MP type would be great. It's all in the image details. The ability to zoom/focus/ptz and sound are also great and add to the total experience. Or you could just enjoy watching my stream and call it a day. Send myself a PM if you would want more in depth details as I am always willing to share with others!
  2. You notice on my feeder I had to "lock it down" with wire over the top of the seed tray. I was getting to many raider birds...like crows, doves and grackles that were emptying my seed hopper in one day with the shoveling motion with their beaks! Mission completed!
  3. Primary Ingredient(s) Rendered Beef Suet, Black Oil Sunflower Seed, Peanut Meal, Cracked Corn, Striped Sunflower Seed, Peanuts, Raisins, Pecans, Almonds Nutrient Analysis Crude Protein 6% min Crude Fat 54% min Crude Fiber 18% max Forget the birds! That sounds yummy!
  4. Why yes...Instead of placing a block of the suet that I wasn't getting any success with...I break the suet up in the cages and mix in the sunflower seeds! So it appears the birds like me to cut up their suet in bite size pieces! So is this picture the same bird or something different?
  5. Might as well keep this thread going with my mystery birds....BTW this forum is the BEST! I do thank all of you for assisting with my ramping up learning curve with these feathered friends. This one I spotted this morning...
  6. Wow...I would have never guessed. I was thinking some kind of sparrow. Is that a juvi male or female?
  7. Hello all again from Tampa Florida. I have an online backyard bird-feeder streaming live on Twitch+Youtube...Check it out sometime! www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam OR www.youtube.com/user/birdsiviewcam So many birds to learn...This one showed up just this morning.
  8. How cool! First Blue Bird sighting today! Check it out sometime: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam
  9. <this site has very wonky editing and video requirements> Anyhu...lets see if this works again... So much fun this weekend watching all the birds enjoy the feeder! Even an acrobatic Red-winged Blackbird doing the splits was fun to watch! Check it out: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam 123.mp4
  10. So much fun this weekend watching all the birds enjoy the feeder! Even an acrobatic Red-winged Blackbird doing the splits was fun to watch! Check it out: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam RWB.264
  11. Now this is fun time with suet! Check it out: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam
  12. So I did a slight modification. I mounted the suet feeders with 1/2 inch access holes as to limit the larger beaks from raiding and what a hit! I noticed that the seed draw to this feeder are the sunflower seeds and thought what if I throw in some sunflower seeds in with the suet to associate that sunflower good so suet good also! Check it out: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam
  13. The seed mix that I was using had corn in it. The mix I use now is mostly sunflower seeds. I do know there are blue birds in the area but never have I seen them ever at my feeder. Do they like a different type of seed?
  14. Hey Kadynn...Thanks for the stream bump! When I initially setup this feeder, I was naive to the fact that there are other less courteous birds (crows and grackles) that like to shovel out all my seed within hours and only hunt for the corn and peanuts! Since then I had to incorporate seed "lock down" measures and only allow 1/2 inch square entry points for the other birds to access from. It has been working great so far. I do have a resident Red-bellied woodpecker that seems to only takes seed from the back left corner. I don't even know if he or she knows that the suet is just around the corner. I think I am going to do another mod to the suet feeder so that the birds can also access the seed below it....STAY TUNED!
  15. Hello all again from Tampa Florida. I have an online backyard bird-feeder streaming live on Twitch+Youtube...Check it out sometime! Top of the Feeder: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam Bottom of the Feeder: www.youtube.com/user/birdsiviewcam So finally the weather here in Tampa is starting to become less hot and humid. That only means one thing....Suet Time! I would like to ask the group how to train the birds to eat from the suet feeder? What I think I am going to try is that all the birds love the sunflower seeds so I was thinking to mix them into the suet feeder and see if that gets their attention. Any suggestions?
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