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Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:28 pm

Last years edition of Bluetit Webcam Monkstown was a tale of romance, intrigue, deceit and betrayal, birth, growth, slaughter, and the Darwinian survival of only the fittest. It gripped the nation (well, a little corner of it) week after week. If you didn't see it you can just search this site for "a sad tale".

This year, I have a new birdbox from Aldi and a better camera. I have modified the birdbox to add two windows using a honeycomb plastic which traps infra-red. These windows will allow extra light and therefore hopefully give a better picture. The camera also has night vision so we can see what they get up to after dark.

I have always found that a little perch just below the entrance helps them, so I have added one - but some people see danger in that - danger from predators including cats

From now on, we are depending on the bluetits to choose our box, and we have seen them looking in. It is too early for them to start building - we hope this will happen in late March or early April. Keeping the fingers and toes crossed........
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Strum » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:42 pm

Good one Gulliver. Looking forward to this years tale of intrigue. :D
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Postby Denis Cromie » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:17 pm

Good man Gulliver. :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby keeper » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:48 pm

Hope they move in soon for you Gulliver !! Looking forward to seeing what happens, sounds like a great camera set up.
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Postby Holla » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:28 pm

Looking forword to this years residents last year was great viewing
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Postby spudseamus » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:42 am

sounds like the Irish equivalent of "Home and Away" :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby grammer » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:34 am

Good one Gulliver
keep us up to date
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Rocker » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:16 pm

Gulliver,

I've read the "sad tale"postings and am looking forward to this year's success. Am an avid fan of Derek Mooney and Mooney Goes Wild. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to witness nature first hand.
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Postby Strum » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:18 pm

Gulliver wrote:This year, I have a new birdbox from Aldi and a better camera.



How much?
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:13 pm

Mine is similar (not identical) to this one - similar price. These kits provide all that is necessary for watching on a standard TV. To watch on a PC or to stream, you need additional software and a connector which links a USB to video. An example is the EasyCap USB Video Capture Adapter which retails from the manufacturer at GBP17, but can be bought much cheaper on ebay. I have a few such connectors, so I did not have to buy a new one
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:25 am

A bird (unidentified) has established a nest in a bush just about a metre from my Bluetit nest box. Built a nest very quickly and almost unnoticed, and is sitting on it. Cannot get a good view or a camera shot. Hope it is not terratorial and does not frighten away potential occupants of the nest box.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:00 pm

Bird has been identified as a blackbird. The male (with yellow beak) is regularly around to keep predators away, particularly is the hen leaves the nest.

I have been assured that this will not upset any bluetits who want to make a home in my nestbox
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Postby keeper » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:06 pm

That's good news Gulliver, the Blackbirds around my garden have a full time job on their hands (wings maybe !) with the Magpies, those pesky Magpies are so organised, one drew the male away from the nest, another drew the female off the nest, and a third Magpie went in to investigate and thats when I moved in to scare him away, I'm sure the Blackbirds will leave now. She hadn't laid any eggs yet so I'm hoping they'll stay.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:24 pm

Stuck mobile phone into the bush today "20th Mar" and got this pic
Not perfect, but clearly shows a family of 4 or 5 baby blackbirds.
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Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:22 pm

New life,how wonderful. Lets hope for a good survival rate. :D
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Postby Strum » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:47 pm

Denis Cromie wrote:New life,how wonderful. Lets hope for a good survival rate. :D



Ditto. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:53 pm

Dancer
Have you heard a version of "Bye Bye Blackbird" like this one from Melody Gardot..... raises your spirits... and more...

Certainly not the version your uncle sang

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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby keeper » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:37 pm

That's a lovely version Gulliver, thanks.
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Postby Rocker » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:30 pm

Thank you Gulliver and Dancer for the two versions of Bye Bye Blackbird. I love them both. Oh, to be able to sing and dance. Liza is some talent!
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby keeper » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:36 pm

Hiya Gulliver ! does this mean the the Bluetits have been ousted, or is there any sign of them ? would hate to think your camera set up is all for now't :(
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:26 pm

Last year (2011), our bluetit familty began to move in on 4th April, and sometimes they are a bit later... So I am still very hopeful :D :D :D
Not yet considering putting it on daft.ie at a reduced rent.
How much is the household charge for a bluetit house?????

The blackbirds have completed their visit and moved out with their young (I assume - although I did not see them leave) and the nest is empty.
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Postby Strum » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:50 pm

Gulliver wrote:Not yet considering putting it on daft.ie at a reduced rent.
How much is the household charge for a bluetit house?????



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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby keeper » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:32 pm

Hiya Gulliver :!: any update on the Bluetit family :?: have they started to build yet :?:
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Re: Bluetit Webcam Monkstown - 2012 edition

Postby Gulliver » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:24 pm

Abject failure this year - no takers - maybe rent too high - could not afford household charge
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Postby keeper » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:15 am

Ah :cry: sorry to hear that, I blame Phil the Enforcer :evil: there again, you can't even bring the rent down, even if you wanted to, because of upward only reviews, still, look on the bright side, didn't you have the Blackbirds :D :D now the camera is free for your Easter Egg detective work, :? take care.
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