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  1. <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
  2. 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
  3. Now this is fun time with suet! Check it out: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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!
  7. 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?
  8. I think anything larvae is gross....but when I went to fill up the hopper with seed again there was no trace of any of them! Like they all just disappeared!
  9. Hello CS...It's a tough life for birds not to mention myself dealing with keeping EVERY other type of wildlife away from the bird feeder. Squirrels I have kept 100% away from my design...Racoons well I was breached once and I am taking measures to resolve them. Bear? well thank goodness not yet but I know they are out there, Crows...solved that with 1/4" wire mesh over the seed. At this point I am exhausted! 😉 I have a 10lb seed hopper that I fill to the top due to all the bird traffic...Truly is a bunch of fun to watch! Now that I think about it...About that same time I had a Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the feeder a whole bunch. I didn't think that woodpeckers eat sunflower seeds but now I think he was only after those larvae! Those larvae sure do look like sunflower seeds from afar but thanks with the advice in keeping the seed dry. So true that just a hint of water and those seeds start sprouting like crazy! Well just a few more months and then back to nicer dryer weather....Oh the lessons I learn. Fun times! AT-cm_1237348164.mp4
  10. Like a 1/4 of an inch and smaller. They didn't seem to want to kill me so I just shoveled all of them out into the grass...which I don't know if that was a good thing also because who knows what that action could unleash! 🤔
  11. 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 I am always learning more and more each day with regards to knowing about my wildlife that surrounds me. This community has always been the best and appreciate the camaraderie with you all. But this last feeder experience was something out of the matrix! I climbed up my ladder to change out the seed that was almost emptied to refill it like I usually do. This time it was different! As I was pushing out the seed, I noticed the seed was moving by itself! I had to remain calm as I was on top of a 8 foot ladder as my instinct was to get the heck out of there. I have been getting better accepting the massive amounts of bugs living here in Florida but this one threw me for a loop! I must have removed what looked like maggots...hundreds of them on the bottom. I was mystified because if they were maggots don't they need like dead stuff to eat? So I took a closer grosser look and took a mental picture and hit the internet to find out if I could match what I saw. I couldn't get all of them out so I am not sure what I am going to find the next time I change out the seed but this is what they closest looked like below which states maybe it being a black soldier fly larvae? Next time I will take my own picture and compare. Now I don't know how they got there or if I have to be concerned with this but if ya'll can assist would be much obliged!
  12. Thanks for the bump Kevin...Hello mrknobs! I feel like I was you back in the day when 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! Top of the Feeder: www.twitch.tv/birdsiviewcam Bottom of the Feeder: 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!
  13. Or Candydez12 you can do what I did and enjoy viewing them anywhere anytime!! ---- 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
  14. 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 Well I think I can say that these two love birds are back on the road to recovery...May they happily enjoy seed forever....The End.
  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 I might as well document the recovery process for ya'll....
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