New Look Hub Feeders

With Big Garden Birdwatch coming up, I wanted my feeders to be looking good and ready to attract as many visitors as possible. My Hub feeders over look the lane and I have had problems with the sun shining on the bank in the back, meaning the images on live stream appear in shadow. I wanted to swap the camera and feeder orientation around to create a dark background  of ivy. This meant moving the post the camera was mounted on and creating a new hanging mount for the feeders.

I also took this opportunity to give my feeders a clean. One of my favourite feeders at the moment is an Apollo feeder from CJ Wildfoods. This feeder completely comes apart, meaning you can easily clean it thoroughly. I simply took the top and base off and removed all the ports. Submerging them all in a bowl of hot, soapy water,  I gave them all a good clean. The tube is wide enough to easily clean with a bottle brush and I could also just get my hand inside to dry it with kitchen roll. It only took ten minutes to completely clean this feeder and get it looking like new again!

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Once this was completed, I used the icatcher app on my phone to access my live streams. My cameras are all wired back to my office and into a piece of software called icatcher Console. I have the icatcher app and this means I can access any of my live cameras, from my phone, anywhere that I am… it is brill! It is particularly useful when setting up new cameras as I can check the view using my phone , rather than having to come inside to look on the monitor.

With a bit of fiddling around, I managed to position the feeders so that 5 different feeders were in view, giving maximum chances to attract and view a wide range of species.

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I then set that camera to record, so I could monitor the visitors.

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As part of the Bird ID Scheme I am developing, I want to provide a range of videos showing different species… this set up gave me the perfect chance to get some clips  to start this off. Here are the ones I captured today….