Hands Free Photography

A great addition to your backyard birdwatching is a Birdcam. I have the Wingscapes Birdcam Pro, Model WCB-00119.

It comes with great instructions for general use and set up with mounting accessories.

I have used the Birdcam Pro both mounted to a tree,

And just on the ground.

The results have been very good with the many focusing capabilities this model has.

It uses a motion sensor to capture the image on a SD card, which is also a convenient way to view the pictures taken.

The case enclosing the camera is weatherproof and the battery life is sufficient, resulting in a low maintenance outdoor camera.

It takes 8 AA batteries to operate the camera and the battery compartment is easily removed from the camera using the eject button when it is time to change the batteries.

I leave mine focused on my backyard bird feeder area both day and night. There is always an element of surprise when viewing the images captured with your Birdcam Pro. I have captured great photos of my backyard friends and even some unexpected wildlife I didn’t know was coming around (a fox).

Since the Birdcam is motion activated, it can also be used as a security camera as well.

I have been extremely pleased with my purchase and love the idea that I can get images of birds in my backyard doing what they do naturally without me being nearby.

Make yourself happy and enhance your birdwatching by adding a Birdcam to your yard. You will be glad you did.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Hey, I’m Under Here!!

This sad little birdhouse was buried under miscellaneous junk on a shelf at a local thrift store.

I just can’t seem to pass up an abandoned birdhouse that others thought was no longer useful.

I think repurposing this little gem will be a great project to do during the cold winter days ahead. I wonder what creativeness will be bestowed upon it??

Perfect Timing

After being inside all morning, I decided to sit outside for awhile and watch the birds. When I stepped out the back door, what a delight it was to see this little guy sunning himself on the patio table.

He then jumped to the rose bush when he became camera shy. Can you find him among the leaves? His green color sure blends well with the bush.

As I turned to sit in the chair, there was another little friend soaking up the warmth from the bricks.

He was quite a climber and quickly was out of sight.

Two little lizard friends feeling right at home on my patio. It’s always nice to see your backyard beaming with what nature has to offer. All you have to do is be still and look around. The beauty of nature never disappoints.

Tuesday Tip

When hanging bird feeders and installing birdhouses, do not put the feeders near the houses.

A good rule is to have about 20 feet distance from feeders.

Birds will feel their nest may not be safe from others at the feeders and not build in the birdhouse.

Backyard Friend or Foe

Squirrels, you either love them or hate them!

Personally, I enjoy them in my backyard. Unlike my neighbor, who waves a very large folded umbrella wildly thru the air to shoo them away when the squirrels sit on the fence.

Squirrel antics are fun to watch. Whether it’s filling their cheeks full of nuts or going to great lengths to reach the feeders, by stretching their bodies into a long slender line while hanging upside down.

They have soft silky fur with bushy tails and large eyes. There are many types of squirrels with a variety of colored fur.

I know they can be mischievous and even destructive if they get inside your attic or they decide your patio cushions will make great bedding for their nest.

Taking some precautionary measures to keep squirrels at bay will allow you to still enjoy them as your backyard entertainment. And please, don’t chase them away waving an umbrella, your neighbor may just be trying to get the perfect photo.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends, and Squirrel Watching too.