Adapting the Doorbell Cam for Birding
The doorbell camera I used was a Blink XT2 (available from Amazon). What I found most useful about this camera is that it was weatherproof, had night infrared capabilities, and was highly customizable for my experiment. At this point, I wanted to make a sturdy perch for the birds that I could mount the camera too that would also allow them to be very close to the camera. I constructed the stand below and tried several different bird feeders and I also had to add some “critter guarding” to keep the pesky raccoons away.
As you can see, I was able to adjust the motion sensitivity, activity areas, video quality and length, and various other options that made my observations more useful. You can also set the camera to detect motion constantly or for certain times of the day if you want to reduce the number of notifications.