As you know from some previous posts, I really enjoy bird cams. They are fascinating to watch and I learn so much from them. My fiance Dave enjoys them too, and we thought it would be cool to have our own bird cam.  Dave constructed a simple box and started working on a camera to put inside. He’s into electronics, so he used a Raspberry Pi (a computer the size of a credit card that can be used from all sorts of projects) to create a webcam. We have residents: House Sparrows!

Nest box (Image by David Horowitz)

Now, House Sparrows get a bad rap. House Sparrows are not native to North America. They were brought over from Europe in the 1850s and have spread across the United States and parts of Canada. You can find them in an urban or suburban environment because they thrive living near humans. You don’t even have to feed House Sparrows to attract them; they will probably move in near you anyway. Many birders think of House Sparrows as pests because sometimes they will displace native birds from nest boxes and other cavities.

Female and male House Sparrows (Image via

I personally like them. I’m happy that they moved in and have a little home. House Sparrows live in small colonies. We have a family living in the bushes, so I’m guess that this pair is part of that group. At the end of February  they started checking out the property and decided it was perfect for them. So they started claiming the box with some twigs.

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Starting to move in (Image by David Horowitz)

Over the past few weeks they’ve added a lot more nesting material.

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(Image by David Horowitz)

Today there was more and it looked like it was starting to turn into a nest shape.

3-7 nest
(Image by David Horowitz)

They’ve certainly made a lot of progress over the last two weeks. It’s exciting to be able to watch this process. I’ll keep you updated!

Author: BirdNation

I am an avid birder, teacher, and nature lover. I'm a New Jersey native and recent New Hampshire transplant. I am currently a biology student with interests in conservation biology, ornithology, and environmental sciences. My dream is to go birding in all 50 states.

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