Nest Box Camera

A Nest Box Camera: Your very own springwatch!

As usual we’ve been enjoying watching the birds in our garden and the surrounding landscape.  When I’m weeding in the veg patch a pair of surprisingly gregarious goldfinches seem to be human watching!  Last year Goldilocks sowed teasels and now they are magnificent plants almost seven feet tall.  I hope the finches will hang around to feed on the seeds in the Autumn.  The guelder rose, though a long way from producing any berries, already seems to attract bull finches to the patch.  But guess who the villain of the piece is?  This crow has been getting too close for comfort.  The swallows who are nesting in the eves keep up a constant dive bombing exercise when he’s around. They swoop to within centimetres of him, teasing and taunting.  The crow’s efforts to snap at them look clumsy and foolish.  But this is no playground game, the swallows have young in that nest, this is survival and they are letting him know they are not dropping their guard.  The wagtails nesting in the generator room adopt a slightly different strategy.  Their aim is to conceal and confuse.  You never see them flying directly to their nest, they hop from one spot to the other and it is very hard to keep track of them.  We obviously lose concentration before they do.   We are not sure how successful their efforts have been and whether they have lost any young.  The swallow’s nest still seems to have four eager beaks awaiting their next fast food delivery, swallows have not heard of the slow movement!  The wagtail nest is more hidden and we can’t see into it at all.  Next year we would love to install a nest box camera somewhere in the garden so that we can watch more closely. 

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The Keen Gardener has a range of nest box cameras and indeed other wildlife cameras, on offer.  Our favourite so far is this colour multispecies nest box camera.  The Man from Salford is writing a letter to Santa!    It is made from durable FSC timber and has a unique hinged, separate camera compartment that allows for easy access and adjustment without disturbing the nesting birds.

With simple focusing and integral infrared lights, the camera records high quality colour images by day, and infrared by night. We also like the quick release camera clip which allows you to easily remove the camera and use it for other purposes (badgers we’ll be on to you!) around the garden once the nesting season is over.

The multi-species nestbox comes with 3 access options to suit preferred species ie With copper hole protector on: Bluetit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit or Wren. With copper hole protector off: Great Tit, Sparrow etc. With front panel removed : Robin, Wagtail or Spotted Flycatcher.

The nest box comes complete with a long extension cable (30m), low voltage power unit and scart adapter to plug directly into your TV or recorder and view.  The dimensions are:  410mm x 225mm x 190mm and approximate weight 3.69kg.  

Find out more about this fantastic nest box camera from the Keen Gardener HERE.

Obviously you need to make sure your nest box camera attracts some tenants, so give some thought to the siting of the box.   Your bird box should be  positioned a minimum of 2 metres from the ground.  A wall or a tree is fine, but preferably in a quiet part of the garden and away from bird feeders and predators.  You might not be able to do much about crows, but you can make sure they are not accessible to cats.  Preferably site the box with the entrance hole between north and east. This provides some shelter from the worst of the weather and prevents the box and its tenants overheating in warm conditions. 

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