I got my first Cardinal visit to my Bird Buddy.
After waiting patiently from January until now for a new solar panel for my Bird Buddy AI bird feeder with a camera, I made the executive decision to take it out of storage, charge it up and use it without the solar panel roof.
I emailed the company and they said I should receive it this month. Until then, I’m enjoying Bird Buddy and have to charge the camera every four or five days.
I’ve written about Bird Buddy before. You can read those posts HERE and HERE if you missed them.
My son works for a crowdfunding company that helped raise money and marketed Bird Buddy. I think it was one of their more successful campaigns.
In one of my prior stories I wrote about my trouble setting up Bird Buddy. There was an awkward small space to plug in the charger or solar panel. I found it frustrating and I had to get my husband to help me. However, when I set up my 91-year-old dad’s Bird Buddy, he cleverly showed me you can plug in the camera before you put it inside the feeder! Duh!
This is a House Finch who can eat a lot of sunflower seeds!
Bird Buddy takes “postcards” (these two photos are examples.) There was an update to the software and now there are videos, too. It works with an app on your smartphone, identifies birds, gives details and you can play their songs and calls.
Here’s a video of a House Sparrow and Cardinal competing for the bird feeder:
What birds do you have in your neck of the woods? Which are your favorites?
You’ve a very high tech setup Elizabeth. Love these pictures. We have lots of birds here where I can hear their songs but it’s hard to spot them or take pictures.
I love listening to the birds too, even when I can’t see them. 😊
Me too. Our birds are hidden away in the trees and hedges nearby
I’m more focused on birds with the Bird Buddy. I’m learning more about the birds in my yard and I can identify them by their songs.
That’s very good.
Ha! We have doves that look like pigeons.
I love the pics and video! The hubster and I observed a mourning dove and a robin ‘getting into it’ this morning over a perch on the end of our deck. I think they both want to claim it but I have no idea why. Keep the nature fun coming — love it! 🥰
I wonder what the attraction was with the perch on your deck? Must be territorial — king of the mountain thing. Or nests nearby? I’m glad you enjoy the photos. I’m thrilled the cardinal is hanging out here. 😁
We wondered the same thing! Weird as it sounds, we caught both birds pooping in the same spot…do birds ‘mark territory’ like other animals? I have no idea! 🤣
That’s funny but may also be true!
What a neat setup! Have you had any rosy-faced lovebirds yet? I bet they would be fun to see up close. 😊
Thanks! I haven’t had any rosy-faced love birds yet. I seem to have the same five or six species each day. Mourning doves, Gila woodpecker, curved bill thrasher, house finch and sparrow. Then the glorious cardinal.
I have the same in my area. The rosy-faced lovebirds are always on the move, hanging out in one tree for a months and then moving to another. Hopefully they’ll pay you a visit one of these days!
I hope so! We did have a family of herons last year in a tree. It was so fascinating, they looked prehistoric.
This is like a close up view looking out my front windows EA! So much fun watching them chomp on the seeds, and compete. I have tons of finches and they get really competitive.
The house finches dominate the feeder. It used to be the woodpecker. Isn’t it fun to watch them?
These Cardinals are so photogenic but they are chirping. I saw this bird below like we has a black neck. Anita
I like the Cardinals chirping. Maybe because they’re very flighty and don’t stay around long.
I absolutely love this. So fun to see the birds up close and I always adore seeing the Cardinal. Thanks for sharing and making us smile.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m smiling every day since I put the bird feeder out again. I love the Cardinal!
I’d like to buy one as a gift. Do you have the link for this bird feeder? Are they still a startup?
I bought mine and one for my dad when they were raising money to get off the ground through crowdfunding. Here’s the link. https://mybirdbuddy.com/. Now you buy directly from them.
That’s great, THANK YOU!
FYI, they are more expensive now than when I pre-ordered mine.
I’m sure they are. It’s how it always is, right. This is for a gift with some other friends. Got to see if they would be interested. My girlfriend has a cottage on Lake Michigan, birds coming all the time. This would be fun. 🙂
That sounds ideal!
I love my bird camera too! Your pictures are amazing.
We have cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, crows, chickadees, and mourning doves.
It’s difficult for me to choose a favorite! But I think I’d say cardinals.
Isn’t it fun? Cardinals are my favorite but I wish we had chickadees and red-winged blackbirds. I did in Washington state growing up.
I get plenty of those for you! I will try to get pictures and post them on my blog for you. 😘
The pics are very cool. Interesting way to bring nature close up. Good luck to your son.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. My son enjoys his job because he gets to work with creative people with ideas for project they want to bring to market. Surprisingly, they did really well when the world was shut down. People had time to work on their ideas. I think the Bird Buddy people are from Slovenia.
We have huge black crows or ravens or some such bird. They are almost as big as the dog!
We have those too. I see them on our walks, but not in our yard or bird feeder! They probably eat meat.
Yes. One was in our backyard fighting the cat for the leftover mouse – gross
We also have huge hawks called Harris Hawks, who I’ll have to stop the car when they fly down for road kill.
How fun this is! The cats would go crazy!
My kitty has to stay inside because of the coyotes, bobcats and hawks. But she hangs out at the window watching!
Birds? Same as you, with just a few exceptions, all in the wild: Egrets, Pink Flamingos, Peacock’s, Ibis, Storks and Herons. With the exception of Pink Flamingos, the rest of these can be seen frequently eating bugs in our front yard. Egrets and Ibis’s are there often (they like chinch bugs).
That sounds like a wonderful bunch of birds to watch. We have had herons, I think they came from the lake 15 miles away by road, but much closer as the crow flies!
Wow – that is one good-looking cardinal! What an interesting setup. You have the most interesting cameras at your house!
I don’t actively encourage any birds at my house since our kitty goes outside and her feral roots seem to make her a very effective huntress. So I’ll just enjoy your wonderful photos!
I am enjoying the cardinal so much. I just got new photos that are even better! My kitty stays inside because of the wildlife.
Great pics! I was watching birds today at my friend’s house. Saw cardinals, red headed woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers and blue jays. 😊
Aren’t they beautiful?
They surely are!
I love your bird cam! Awesome pics. I want one!!!! We have a lot of crows, which I love, but damn, they’re loud! Hugs, C
I see crows when I walk but they don’t hang out at our house. I love the Bird Buddy! Not only the pics and videos but I’m learning about birds with their bits of info.