Welcome to our Live Bird Cam Streaming page. This is a brand new addition to the Hummingbird Guide site. We started the season off last year with a live stream from a bird box I built over the winter and placed in our yard this Spring.
We successfully attracted a pair of Black-capped Chickadees in our first year, as our guests, who built a nest and raised 6 chicks. We had the stream live during the day for you all to enjoy and witness the stages of nest building, egg laying, hatching, feeding and fledglings leaving the nest.
You can see a history of this Chickadee family here.
Last year we attracted a pair of Tree Swallows to our nest box and watched the full cycle of nesting to the day the chicks fledged the nest.
NOTE: The "Nature Video Camera" used for our live streaming is an infrared camera so in the evening or on dark cloudy days you will see a more black & white picture. During brighter conditions during the day the picture will have more color and detail.
ANOTHER NOTE: We use "Ustream" live streaming service for our video. You will see both text and video ads because it is a free service and this is the exchange to keep the service free. Otherwise, we would not be able to offer this to you.
We use the "Hawk Eye HD Nature Cam" for our live streaming.
The first half of the Summer of 2016, we had our BirdCam inside a Tree Swallow nest box until the chicks fledged the nest on June 30th. As you can see below they are truly beautiful birds.
Below is a progression of photos inside the nest box from the start of nest building, eggs hatching, the chicks growth until the end when the chicks fledge the nest.
April 28th - The First Sign of "Nest Building".
May 12th - Nest Construction
May 15th - Arranging the Nest
May 17th - Nest Construction with Feathers
May 24th - Female Occupying the Nest on a cool morning.
May 24th - First Egg in the Morning Hours
May 24th - Guarding Her Egg in the Evening
May 25th - Second Egg in the Morning
May 26th - Third Egg in the Morning
May 27th - Fourth Egg in the Morning
May 28th - Fifth Egg in the Morning
May 30th - Sitting on the 5 Eggs
June 2nd - Still Sitting on the Nest with Many Feathers
June 9th - Covering herself with feathers in the evening to stay warm for a long cold night. It has been extraordinarily cold the past 2 days.
No chicks have hatched yet.
June 11th - Two Chicks hatched in the morning hours.
3rd Chick hatched later in the day.
June 12th - Three Hungry Chicks in the Morning.
June 13th - Unfortunately, the temperatures dropped to unusual cold conditions for this time of year. Only 2 chicks survived the cold. There is still 2 eggs that didn't hatch due to the extreme low temps over the past 3 weeks.
June 17th - Chicks are 6 days old and developing feathers.
June 21st - Chicks are 10 days old and showing the beautiful Teal Color.
June 24th - Chicks at 13 days old. Feathers are growing fast.
June 30th - Chicks are 19 days old and fledge the nest today.
June 30th - Chicks have fledged the nest box and the 2 unhatched eggs remain.
NOTE: Our Live Streaming BirdCam was down for a few days. The Feeder was taken over by Honey Bees. We are dealing with the problem and as soon as our Hummers are back able to use the feeder, it will be streamed again.
Sorry for the inconvenience, nature has a mind of it's own!
Update: We replaced the feeder with a "Tray Style Feeder" which is more Bee Resistant.
We are now back online with the Streaming BirdCam!
To learn more about how to deal with Bees, Hornets, Wasps or Yellow Jackets on your feeders, visit our Hummingbird Feeder Bees page.
It is one of our hummingbirds favorites!
Purchase the Ruby Faceted Feeder
Purchase the Hawk Eye HD Bird Cam
Our bird cam is now set up in a nest box claimed by a pair of Tree Swallows. Follow along as they build a nest and raise the chicks.
After the chicks have fledged the nest box we will move the camera to one of our hummingbird feeders.
If you would like to observe your own bit of nature and maybe if you are so fortunate, find and stream a hummingbird nest, we have the this camera available in our store. Click the link below to learn more about the camera.
The camera used for our streaming is a "Hawk Eye HD Nature Camera". I will be doing a review of the camera in the future for those who are interested.
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