A new Feeding Station for the Hub

I have been planning a new feeding station for outside my hub for a few weeks now. When my hub went up last summer, I had not originally planned to feed the birds there. It is over looking the lane and I had not had feeders there before. With the window on the hub looking out there, it seemed a good idea. These feeders have proven very popular so I wanted to create a better set up that would have scope for cameras, especially my new HD one. At the moment, I am not streaming using this one as it is on the new iCatcher set-up that I will switch to streaming from once I have upgraded my broadband. This will be in about a month or so I hope! 

Today, we put in a new post and used an existing fence post to create a hanging frame for feeders. I also made a small ‘shelf’ that lines up with the hub window. This will act as a surface not only to catch seed, but also for the birds to perch on and feed. Hopefully this will look good on the cameras.

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I have also bought two new feeders that caught my eye.  The trouble with live streaming from feeders is that the birds often feed from the opposite side! When I saw these rectangular feeders, I thought they would be good as I could mount them side-on so you could see the birds feeding from both sides. These are a new range of feeders from ChapelWood and are made from recycled plastic. They dismantle completely for cleaning and this meant I was able to dismantle them to screw them onto my ‘shelf’ rather than hanging them. 

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I screwed a perch along the back and plan to put some more in tomorrow.

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To get the new HD camera up there, meant running a new 50m Cat5 cable from my office all the way to the hub…. it took quite a while but will be worth it as the footage this camera will give is far superior to anything else I have! I have also mounted the current live stream one up there, but will need to play around with that tomorrow to get the angle right.

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I’m sure the birds will soon be back down to investigate this new set-up. They were sitting up in the trees today, indignant that I have deprived them of their main feeding station for a day! This one is much better though… I’m sure they will agree!

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