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: