I’ve finally decided that I’m going to put together a screech owl nest box to put in my yard. Had a screech owl show up on my security cameras a few days ago, and one woke me up the other night calling, so I want to encourage their presence.
I’d like to put a camera inside the box so I can spy on the occupants, as well as keep track of when it’s a good time to climb a ladder and clean out the box.
It baffles me that there are so many nest box cams, yet tracking down good cameras is way less straightforward. Looking at clickbaity “5 best” articles usually turns up links to products that are no longer available.
The ONE product I’ve managed to track down that appears to have the sort of form factor I want (and is actually available) is this one:
IP Bird Box Camera - Green Backyard (green-backyard.com)
I’ve tried looking up other little cameras that are for home security and whatnot, and just not tracking down what I want. Obviously, it needs a small form factor and the ability to focus on things pretty nearby, but also stuff like infrared capability, a microphone, and a mounting bracket is super handy. The ability to run as a live stream would be cool, but I won’t be doing that right now. Right now, all I want to do is for the camera to activate on motion detection and then save to the computer. Bonus points if it can record to a network-connected hard drive (I have one for the security cameras around the house).
I’m NOT interested in wireless. I have to run wire for power as it is, so I might as well go POE and get power and data through the same cable. This thing will be mounted far enough from the house that I’m concerned about wifi signal strength/reliability. I will also be building the nest box around the camera - probably using the false roof method. The less I have to fuss with it, the better, since this thing will be getting mounted ~20ft up into a tree. So, no SD card bs.
Does anyone know of any other cameras that work well for this sort of thing?