Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Here's a cool thing--I'm testing out a "BirdCam"--a great little weatherproof remote camera that can take photos with a motion detector sensor or via a remote control. I was staying with my mother-in-law the last few days, and so I set it up in her feeders. It does a really good job, and has some well-thought-out features. You can set the focus for how far the camera is from the birds you expect, and you can hang it up from a tree or secure it to a lot of feeders by using the bungee cords included. It took me no longer than 5 minutes from opening the box to getting it up and running, too!

More photos here.


  1. Oh! I've been wanting a birdcam for sooo long. Can you tell us more about it? How much approx they cost, where you can get it? Can you make it a "live" birdcam for a blog or is that something different?

  2. You can see what it looks like and get the price here:

    I'm hoping to use this next spring for a research project on nesting nighthawks. At this point I don't think it works as a "live" birdcam that broadcasts to the web, but I'm not sure what we'd need to do to make it do that. Anyone else?

  3. I am so drooling over the birdcam. Those photos are great.

    There are starlings at my feeders today, chasing away the flickers. Luckily nothing seems to phase the house finches and the chickadees.

    AKA NWHiker.

  4. Very nice photos indeed! I remember years ago when these types of cameras were first coming into wide use. They've really gotten good quickly.

  5. We've had great success with our BirdCam--and Wingscapes customer service is great. The prices are reasonable, and the camera is sturdy, simple to use, and comes with a tripod adapter. We've gotten some amazing photos--especially of crows, but also hummingbirds (usually not so great, but occasionally there's a gem), orioles, nesting titmice, and the usual suspects. It's lots of fun, too. You can see them in the Flickr archive here:

    We're going to try it out one day on the cat to see what he's actually up to while we're out of the house.