Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday - Nest Cameras

For the second year I'm filming a Violet-Green Swallow family in their nest box. The box has a camera inside that we've strung to a spare TV in the house so I can watch them all the time!

Mama VG laid 5 eggs over Memorial Day Weekend, while I was out of town, and 4 of them hatched.
Today is day 10.

Here is one of the first videos of the year, Mama beginning preparations. I started her out with a little bit of nesting material to which she adds a ton of feathers.

5 eggs!

4 little birds growing like crazy.
Their eyes are just starting to open and they are doing lots of preening on all those new feathers popping out!

Dark-eyed Junco

Over the weekend I discovered a Junco nest in a hanging Strawberry basket so we hooked up a camera and I can switch between watching the Violet-Green Swallow, to the Juncos.
I'm hoping the VG's fledge about the time the Junco's hatch so I don't have to worry about missing anything!

Here's the basket with the camera clamped directly above!

Daddy Junco on the nest!

As of today (6/21/16) we have 3 eggs!!

Video of Dad on the nest.

I post most of the photos and videos I get everyday to my Instagram so if you'd like to keep up in between blog posts that's where you'll see the most!
Link below.

If you'd like to take a look at some of last years pics and videos on my blog CLICK HERE!




  1. Marvellous for you to watch the progress every day.

  2. Great photos and fantastic to be able to watch the baby birds developing.

  3. How wonderful! Great photos and videos.