Currently, you can view THREE live animal/bird cams.
- The live camera that started it all! It’s pointed at my personal bird feeding station with dozens of different species every day.
- This camera points at the ground underneath my bird feeders! It’s active whether it’s day or night and features incredible night vision! Are you ready for baby skunks, opossums, raccoons, deer, and birds?
- I have partnered with a bird feeding enthusiast in Germany to bring you another camera to view! Thomas has a very active feeding station, with completely different birds than my own feeders.
Then check out the list of 10 Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom for answers!
If you feel inclined, there are 3 ways to support the live cams:
1. Donate to food and future expansion! LEARN MORE HERE.
- Or use Paypal –> [email protected].
- Please consider a monthly recurring donation. 🙂
2. Shop at our Amazon store:
- Click HERE to see recommended products!
- View ALL the bird feeders featured in the live streams, along with cameras, binoculars, books, etc.
3. “Like” or SUBSCRIBE to something!
- YouTube Channel
- If you are interested in chatting with other people while watching the animals, please head over to the BWHQ YouTube Channel. There is a live chat feature where you can ask questions, make comments, and interact with bird lovers from all around the world!
- Facebook Page:
- The live cams are posted DAILY!
- My Email List for news and notifications: SIGN UP BELOW (I promise no spam 🙂 )
Please know that any support you show is never expected, but greatly appreciated! 🙂 Now here are the cameras!
#1. Live Bird Feeder Cam (Akron, Ohio)
My live bird cam watches our feeding station which is located at the back of my yard, just on the edge of the woods where the grass meets some trees. Nearby is a small swamp that attracts many wetland birds and also an open field with many native flowers.
Most Common Birds Observed:
Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, House Finch, House Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Grackle, European Starling, Mourning Dove, and Black-capped Chickadee.
- Learn to ID the birds listed above: ID Guide To The Most Common Birds On The Live Cams (Mammals Too!)
*If you’re interested, make sure to check out the FAQ at the bottom for answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about the cams.*
#2. Live Animal Cam (Akron, Ohio)
- Located on the ground below bird feeders.
My second animal camera points underneath my bird feeders. This location gives an incredible opportunity to observe ground-foraging birds and many species of mammals.
Most Common Birds: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Crow, House Sparrow, Common Grackle, and Mourning Dove.
Most Common Mammals: Virginia Opossum, Eastern Cottontail (rabbit), Striped Skunk, Eastern Gray Squirrel, American Red Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, White-tailed Deer, and raccoons.
You never know what you are going to see! Recently a Red Fox has been making appearances at night, and it’s not uncommon to view hawks trying to catch a meal.
Typically, you will see my tray feeder positioned on the ground filled with sunflower, peanuts, and corn.
#3: Live Bird Feeder Cam (Recke, Germany)
This LIVE bird feeder cam is located in Recke, Germany and is hosted by Thomas.
The bird feeding station is near a road, so occasionally you hear cars and tractors passing by. The stream was started in July 2019. You can help him pay for the food costs by donating using PayPal: [email protected]
COMMON BIRDS OBSERVED: Blue Tits, Great Tits, Willow Tits, great spotted woodpeckers, wrens, sparrows, greenfinch. If you are lucky, you may spot a hedgehog at night on the ground!
- Metal Copper Feeder
- Metal Ring for fatballs
- Clear tube feeder
- Peanut Mesh Feeder
- The wooden house: Thomas made himself. Amazing, right?
- Water bowl: homemade!
MOST COMMON FOODS USED:
Grain mix with dried fruits, fat balls/dumplings, sunflower seeds, peanuts, dried mealworms.
- Cam used for live streaming: (link takes you to Amazon)
- Software: Streamlabs OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)
10 Frequently Asked Questions About My Live Animal Cams:
1. What does the surrounding area look like?
You’re in luck! I created an entire “behind the scenes” video showing my yard and bird feeding station.
2. What bird food or feeders are you currently using?
- Due to seasonality and my experimentation, I continuously rotate feeders and try different food combinations. This fact makes it hard to display a list of exactly the products you see in the live stream. If you have a specific question, please ask in the live chat on YouTube and me or someone else from the community will answer.
3. Where can I purchase *insert bird feeder*?
4. There are no squirrels on your bird feeders. How did you manage to stop them?
- Stopping squirrels from eating all of your bird food is one of the most common problems backyard birders face. There are a few strategies that I use and recommend.
- To learn more, read this article that I wrote –> 7 Effective Ways To Keep Squirrels Off Your Bird Feeders
5. Blackbirds, such as grackles or starlings, are driving me crazy! How can I get them to go away?
- Blackbirds can overwhelm bird feeders when they visit in a giant flock. Whenever this happens to me, I have found the most effective way to discourage these aggressive birds is to change the food that I am using.
- Learn More: 3 Proven Ways To Get Rid of Starlings TODAY!
6. How much food do you go through and how much do you spend?
- As you can imagine, the amount of bird food and seed that gets eaten each day is highly variable and depends on the weather, season, and the birds that visit. But as an average, I probably go through about 5 lbs of food per day. As for how much I spend to feed all these hungry birds; currently, I am spending about $250/month!
7. This looks amazing, and I want a live bird cam in my backyard! How do I do it?
- Before you start the endeavor of setting up live cams, let me give you a few warnings. First, it’s highly addictive, and I check my cameras ALL THE TIME! Second, it is not cheap, and it requires some technical knowledge. I spent a lot of time researching different cameras, streaming software, and exactly how to make everything work! But if you’re interested, I wrote a guide to get you started:
- I am looking for more partners from around the world! If you have an interest in streaming your feeders to Bird Watching HQ AND want to earn some extra money, send me an email at [email protected] for more details.
8. Where are you located?
I live in a suburb of Akron, Ohio on the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The birds and mammals you see are common to the eastern United States.
9. What type of bird is that?
Check out this post to learn and ID the most common visitors to the live cams: ID Guide For Common Feeder Birds and Mammals
10. When did you start streaming?