Currently, I have TWO live bird/animal cameras set up in my backyard.
One is pointed at my bird feeders; the other is located on the ground UNDERNEATH where many different mammals (skunks, foxes, squirrels) and ground feeding birds appear. Each camera has excellent night vision, so make sure to check back at all hours of the day!
- Check out the FAQ at the bottom for answers to frequently asked questions about the cams.
- Location = Akron, Ohio (USA)
I hope you enjoy watching the wildlife as much as me and our family. 🙂 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!
#1. Live Bird Feeder Cam
If you feel inclined, there are 3 ways to support the live cams:
1. Donate to food and future expansion! LEARN MORE HERE.
2. Shop at our Amazon store –> Click HERE to see recommended products!
- View ALL bird feeders featured in the live streams, along with cameras, binoculars, books, etc.
3. Click on this link BEFORE shopping on Amazon:
- (A small % of your purchase will fund the channel at NO EXTRA cost to you!)
Please know that any support you show is never expected, but greatly appreciated! 🙂 Now here is more information about the bird feeder cam!
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 7 most commonly asked questions about the cams.*
#2. Live Animal Cam
- 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.
During the winter months, it’s common to see my heated bird bath. My hope is this winter I can get an owl to come down for a drink!
7 Frequently Asked Questions About My Live Animal Cams:
1. 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.
2. Where can I purchase *insert bird feeder*?
- All of the feeders featured in the live stream are available in my Amazon store.
3. 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
4. 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!
5. 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 $200/month!
6. 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:
- Please let me know if you succeed and get a live cam in your yard. I’d love to see it.
7. Where is this 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.
8. 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