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High-Tech Feeder Identifies, Photographs Birds
Getting good pictures and identifying rare birds can be a challenge for any backyard feeder. The Bird Buddy makes it possible to get photos and keep track of who has been at your feeder.
This new “smart” feeder has a built-in camera and microphone that uses a Wi-Fi connection to send alerts via a smart phone of birds at the feeder. The smart phone application lets you see video, take photos, and earn “awards” for different species that come to the feeder. It can recognize over 1,000 different birds.
With a built-in microphone, it can tell which type of bird is approaching before the camera sees it by “hearing” the bird sing. Another advantage of the smart feeder is its ability to send refill reminders to your smart phone.
While the technology is designed to be educational and entertaining, the information harvested through Bird Buddy will help build a vast open sourced bird database and help conservationists tracking species numbers and migrational patterns, according to the company.
Available in blue or yellow, the Bird Buddy is made from recycled, BPA-free plastic and measures 9-in. high by 6.3-in. wide by 7-in. deep. Unfilled it weighs just 1.3 lbs. It has a protective roof and clear platic on the front and back for seed visibility. The camera module snaps into the feeder and can be removed for charging and adverse weather.
The camera is charged with an included USB-C cable. The battery lasts up to 30 days while the camera is mounted in the feeder. The Bird Buddy is weather proof between -5 F and 120 F.
Options are available for a solar roof panel, wall mount, fence mount, and a suet ball holder.
The Bird Buddy is available for pre-order only, and will ship in November 2021. Prices start at $189 from their website.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bird Buddy, 4023 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 19807 (www.mybirdbuddy.com).


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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4