Article in: Product Reviews
November 3, 2007
Ever wonder what birds are visiting your yard while you are away at work or school? Wingscapes‘ remote camera, the BirdCam, takes away part of that mystery, unlocking the secrets of the wildlife in your yard.
We have been using the BirdCam for a couple weeks now, testing out various areas in our 1/4 acre yard to find out what birds are where. Setup was a breeze, taking more time to put batteries in than to set up the desired distance and position. We started with a shady portion of the yard, an area where the dogs couldn’t interfere and only captured a squirrel feasting on sunflower seeds. Then we got a nice male Northern Cardinal.
There are various ways you can mount the BirdCam including the bungee straps that come with the product. Our preferred method thus far has been to use a tripod since the camera can be positioned at almost any angle and height with ease.
Using the tripod next to our homemade peanut feeder, we were able to capture some interesting video of a Downy Woodpecker and a Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Then came the big test: how would the BirdCam work when placed by our homemade birdbath-dripper? Very well!!
Over the last couple weeks our BirdCam has captured over 600 pictures and 30 video clips. We were impressed by the camera’s ability to only trigger when a bird was present (mostly), especially with the dripping water. Occasionally, a misfire would happen with the changing sunlight from the moving trees.
The only problem we’ve had thus far with the BirdCam is that it doesn’t do well in shade. You are best off finding a very sunny location and you can forget about any dawn or dusk shots.
The BirdCam would make a great Christmas present (even to yourself) or if the cost seems a bit steep, save up for Spring migration. We wish we would have had the BirdCam for this year’s migration – our dripper-bath is always full of warblers and it would be nice to know what we missed!
Overall – 9 out of 10 feathers