A pair of tree swallows quickly made this box home. Nest building happened almost immediately after mounting the box to our deck on April 25 2020. The female laid her first egg on May 4th with clutch completion date on May 8th. The livestream is available 24/7 on youtube. This box is powered by a raspberry pi 3b+ and wide-angle NOIR camera. Build details and code are at the bottom of this page.
Want to see more?
In the months leading up to nesting season I installed a long range wifi system throughout the valley and have a solar panel system for areas without existing infrastructure. If you have extra materials available or want to donate to this project please get in touch!
Thank you to Robin Baird, Annie Douglas, Bryson and Ralphie for purchasing all of the nest boxes and installing them throughout the valley!
Where are the birds?
Flying around doing bird things. Rewind the stream to see when the birds were last in the box.
Why is the feed in black and white?
This box was built using spare parts from previous projects and uses a camera with no infrared filter. I’ve enabled some color to pass through but it will be limited because of the amount of IR light. IR helps the camera see at night without disturbing the birds.
Why is there no sound?
I have ordered microphones to include in the nest box camera systems. They will be installed once they arrive!
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This is an easy guide to get started with cameras on Raspberry Pi:
I used a modified version of this bash script to manage the livestream. Since ffmpeg and YouTube can be temperamental about dropped packets this script basically monitors the logged output and will kill/restart the feed in the event it gets disconnected.