Cuckoo clock nesting boxes

 

I’m working on a project where I will show my bird related art at a local gallery. The project involves streaming from my cuckoo clock nest boxes. Here’s a clip of the first time a blue tit entered the nesting box.

I put a window of opaque plastic in the roof of the box which seems to make the birds weary. We’ll see how it goes the next few days. A pair of blue tits seems interested and have visited several times. I used a cheap but surprisingly good webcam, usb extender cord with amplifying circuit, open source motion detection software (“motion” on Linux).

Update: The blue tits moved in to the other nest box. It also has a camera system. It is a bigger box meant for great tits and there’s some fighting between the blue tits and some great tits. The blue tits seem to hold their ground, and I hope they still manage when the pied flycatcher arrives. I will be streaming live soon.

Here’s a video from 3 years ago:

Huuhkaja

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Visiting Helsinki last week was a very pleasant experience. Meeting friends, seeing a lot of art and the beatiful city. Pictures from gallery “Sinne”, outside “Kiasma”, pub tram, eagle owl chicks.

A big bonus was when I discovered that Helsinki has it’s own special population of Eagle owls in the centre of the city. The chicks were easily visible from the streets and has become mascots of the city.

I’m not much of a football fan but this would make a match more interesting for me (Finland – Belgium, 2008):

I especially enjoy the part at 2:12 when the Finnish supporters start shouting “huuhkaja” (Finnish for Eagle Owl).

 

Seinajoki

I had the pleasure of meeting Petri Loues and Olli Kiviluto in Vasa at first, and then in Seinäjoki. Very interesting and a lot of fun to see Petris inventions and instruments and to see Olli again. If you’re in Seinäjoki, go to the bar “Culture club still standing” to see Olli’s wall paintings in the backroom. Cool stuff. Had a great time at the “Bar 15” where the band “Eleanoora Rosenholm” was playing. Nice music.

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Beneath is a video of some of Petri’s instruments. In order of apperance: Jonga (acoustic echo machine), Paper mache Udu drum, Stereo Kazoo, Phaser Tube, Ceramic nose flute, Phaser Tube again, Plate Harp and Phaser Tube.