We now have a 2nd channel!!! It is called "Bluebird Nest Box Cam - Seed Bench." We are very excited about this 2nd channel. On this channel you can see our seed bench that we keep filled with seed for the birds! Our 2nd channel can be found by clicking the button above titled "Seed Bench Cam".
UPDATE (1-5-17): We are now streaming our bird feeders again! The feeders contain black oil sunflower seeds,a nut and fruit blend,suet cakes that differ from time to time,and wild bird seed. You can see many different varieties of birds at the feeders! We will be streaming the bird feeders until mid-late Spring! If you are having any technical issues or if you have a question or if you have any comments you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks for Watching! Stay tuned to your favorite Bluebird Cam!
This page was last updated on January 5, 2017 at 4:05 PM EST.
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Behind The Scenes Information:
It took us a good long while to figure out how to send an HD stream to Ustream.About 5 years ago I used a computer with Windows XP to carry the stream,we had slow internet at this time,and also our cameras were a very low quality.The stream would go out but would freeze and the quality was lacking.We then purchased a more powerful computer that ran Windows 7.We also purchased new cameras at this point.The quality was better and we had corrected some of the other issues we had,but the quality was still lacking.The stream would have lots of technical issues.These computers had dual core processors and plenty of RAM.We then upgraded our cameras again,we had much better quality now,but still we had slow internet and really not a good computer to send out an HD stream.So eventually a company with fast internet came through our area and installed much faster internet.But still our server was still having problems.We then got a server with a dual core i5 processor,this suited our needs well,then with viewer count growing we decided to try out HD,the processor would sometimes bog down and freeze.We then upgraded to a server with a quad core i5 processor and 8gb of RAM.We also got new streaming software at this point.Now we are able to send out a HD stream with no issues.We have also upgraded most of our cameras to HD.
CLUTCH #2 2016 SEASON!
Egg #1 Laid 8:20 AM EDT (5-30-16). Hatched (6-16-16) 7:57 AM EDT. Fledged (7-3-16) 3:52 PM EDT.
Egg #2 Laid 9:25 AM EDT (5-31-16). Hatched (6-16-16) 8:03 AM EDT. Fledged (7-3-16) 3:53 PM EDT.
Egg #3 Laid 8:30 AM EDT (6-1-16). Hatched (6-16-16) 12:43 PM EDT. Fledged (7-3-16) 3:54 PM EDT.
Egg #4 Laid 7:50 AM EDT (6-2-16). Hatched (6-17-16) 6:40 AM EDT. Fledged (7-4-16) 10:19 AM EDT.
Egg #5 Laid 8:00 AM EDT (6-3-16). Hatched (6-17-16) 6:38 PM EDT. Fledged (7-4-16) 12:20 PM EDT.
CLUTCH #1 2016 SEASON!
Egg #1 Laid 10:11 AM EDT (3-29-16). Hatched (4-17-16) 11:19 AM EDT
Egg #2 Laid 11:54 AM EDT (3-30-16). Hatched (4-17-16) 11:19 AM EDT
Egg #3 Laid 9:07 AM EDT (3-31-16). Hatched (4-17-16) 11:47 AM EDT
Egg #4 Laid 9:07 AM EDT (4-2-16). Hatched (4-17-16) 12:30 PM EDT
Egg #5 Laid 10:26 AM EDT (4-3-16). Hatched (4-17-16) 3:56 PM EDT
All 5 babies fledged (May 6, 2016)
CLUTCH #2 2015 SEASON!
Egg #1 Lay time unknown.Hatched (7-1-15) 7:30 AM EDT
Egg #2 Lay time unknown.Hatched (7-1-15) 10:00 AM EDT
Egg #3 Lay time unknown.Hatched (7-1-15) 4:30 PM EDT
Egg #4 Lay time unknown.Hatched (7-1-15) sometime in the night.
All 4 babies fledged (July 20, 2015)
CLUTCH #1 2015 SEASON!
Egg #1 Laid morning (4-15-15) Time unknown,cam was offline. Hatched (5-2-15) 12:08 PM EDT. Name: Adam Jr. (AJ)
Egg #2 Laid 7:52 AM EDT (4-16-15) Hatched (5-2-15) 2:15 PM EDT. Name: Amy.
Egg #3 Laid 7:46 AM EDT (4-17-15) Hatched (5-2-15) 4:00 PM EDT. Name: Aiden.
Egg #4 Laid 7:30 AM EDT (4-18-15) Hatched (5-2-15) 5:35 PM EDT. Name: Angel.
Egg #5 Laid 10:00 AM EDT (4-19-15) Hatched (5-3-15) 9:40 AM EDT. Name: Goober Jack (for jackhammer).
All 5 babies fledged (May 20, 2015)
I have 2 cams, the bird feeder cam is a Logitech C920 Pro 1080p HD Webcam. It is mounted to a pole with protection from the weather.The 2nd cam is a Hawkeye HD Nature Camera. It is mounted to the inside ceiling of the Bluebird box. The Logitech Webcam is on a 22ft USB extension cable. The Hawkeye Camera is on a 100ft extension cable. The Hawkeye Camera has IR Nightvision so it can be placed in a Bluebird box. The Logitech Camera connects to the computer by USB. The Hawkeye Camera is plugged into a DVR which is plugged in to USB.
The computer that we use is a Dell Optiplex 390 with an i5 quad core processor.The computer runs on Windows 10. It is important to have an adequate internet access and a computer that is only used for streaming,we are using a bare bones desktop with only the software needed to run the stream.It is important that your streaming computer is not your personal computer because streaming takes a lot of demand from the computer. The computer is plugged into a Belkin Extender,which is a repeater for a Linksys Router. The computer streams our cams through Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). It makes our stream a whole lot clearer and smoother.
WHEN DO YOU STREAM?
Usually I start the Bird Feeder cam sometime in the morning and it streams until dark. I start the Bluebird cam when they start building a nest and I turn it off sometime in the night. When she lays eggs I stream 24/7 through incubation, hatching,and fledging.
CLUTCH #2 2014 SEASON!
Egg #1 laid morning (6-8-14) Hatched (6-25-14) 6:00 AM EDT
Egg #2 laid morning (6-9-14) Hatched (6-25-14) 6:44 AM EDT
Egg #3 laid morning (6-10-14) Hatched (6-25-14) 9:15 AM EDT
Egg #4 laid morning (6-11-14) Hatched (6-25-14) 9:43 AM EDT
Egg #5 laid morning (6-12-14) Non-Viable
4th baby disappeared,3rd baby fledged (7-13-14),Other 2 babies fledged (July 14, 2014)
CLUTCH #1 2014 SEASON!
Egg #1 (4-12-14) Laid in the morning.Hatched (5-1-14) 8:12 AM EDT
Egg #2 (4-13-14) 8:23 A.M. EDT.Hatched (5-1-14) 8:39 AM EDT
Egg #3 (4-14-14) 8:01 AM EDT.Hatched (5-1-14) 9:06 AM EDT
Egg #4 (4-16-14) 8:35 AM EDT.Hatched (5-1-14) 9:40 AM EDT
Egg #5 (4-17-14) 9:12 AM EDT.Hatched (5-1-14) 4:35 PM EDT
All 5 babies fledged (May 19, 2014)
Eastern Bluebird: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/eastern_bluebird/lifehistory
A lot of birds in our area: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Field_Guide/Birds/Eastern_US_and_Canada
Links about Bluebirds sent in by oulaigledare (Suzie Cooper).