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I'm spying on a robin - and you can too!

Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 3:35am

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Recently, this insolent cretin has decided to make her home above my back porch light:

She pooped out these ugly things into her disgusting pile of sticks and trash:

Then I decided I wanted to watch her constantly, to make sure she's not stealing my sh*t, so I did this:


I started out with timelapse footage from the webcam, but have since made a ustream channel:

Patrick Sinclair Washington Jones III: The Bird

Come with me now, on a journey into the lair of the most vile creature you've laid your eyes upon. In the next 7-12 days, her wretched spawn will emerge from their pods to wreak havoc upon their surroundings. Or at the very least, be fed partially digested food by their creators.

In all seriousness, this should be a very interesting watch, especially when the eggs hatch, and the male starts hanging around. I intend to leave the stream up as long as this bird and her family live in the nest. Then I will burn it to prevent future infestation.

Enjoy! Share with your friends! Tweet! Whatevs! Let's watch life occur!
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 3:43am

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Wow this is actually pretty cool! I'll definitely tune in every now and then till they hatch!
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 9:42am

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Fun idea. smile Although it's currently 'off air' apparently...
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 12:41pm

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Yeah, not sure what happened, but it should be up again now.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 12:43pm

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Aculag wrote:

it should be up again now.
It is. I watched it for a little while about five minutes ago...
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 1:00pm

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This is the best video, even including our cinema,...all broody and everything.
Great little set up there ACU and a fabulous idea to hatch.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 1:54pm

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Hehe, very cool. biggrin I feel a little dirty for just watching though. We all think: "Hey it's just a bird. She dosen't care."

What if super advanced aliens have cameras in my bedroom. "Hey it's just a human. He dosen't care."

o__O (Maybe it's just because my name is Robin that I felt this way.)
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 1:56pm

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What if super advanced aliens have cameras in my bedroom.
Then you're in a lot of trouble.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 1:56pm

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Indeed. Humanity is in a lot of problems if I'm their representative. Better not play Mass Effect 2 on Renegade anytime soon or they'll get the wrong idea and we'll all be in trouble.

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Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 1:57pm

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THE BIRD IS THERE
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 2:50pm

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Robin is hatching a plot. smile
I'm gonna make some "soldiers".....hehe!
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 2:54pm

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I can hardly wait for the DVD release, hopefully with actor commentary.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 3:00pm

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Hehe, very cool. biggrin I feel a little dirty for just watching though. We all think: "Hey it's just a bird. She dosen't care."
If you watch long enough, you'll notice that she looks up at the camera every now and then. If you want, you can pretend this means she knows we're there watching. wink

It's also kinda fun just to see how paranoid she is. But the neighbor's cat comes over and stalks her every once in a while, so she probably has good reason to be.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 3:11pm

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It's when she sprays paint onto the camera lens that you have to worry.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 3:13pm

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I expect the male to do just that when he shows up. Cretins, the lot of 'em!
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 3:29pm

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I wonder if she gets post delivered,then my moggies could send a welcome card. smile
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 4:10pm

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Awww she's sleeping smile

American robins look a bit different than British ones, still gorgeous though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Erithacus_rubecula_-Norway_-singing-8.jpg
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 4:35pm

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Interesting! I assumed all robins looked alike, but that makes sense.
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 4:35pm

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[Edit: This wasn't a reply to Aculag's post, which wasn't there when I started typing...]

Interesting -- I'll be checking in from time to time.

Our (American) Robin was so named because it reminded early settlers of the European variety. But they are very different birds.

I'm no expert on birds, but I know how to use Wikipedia... The American Robin is a fairly big bird (about 10-11 inches / 23-28cm) -- roughly twice the size of the European Robin (5-5.5 inches/13-14 cm).

It is probably one of our most common birds, and probably the first bird a young child learns to recognize (apart from Cardinals, whose males are bright red and very easy to recognize).

The eggs are a beautiful, pale blue color -- generally more pale than the color shown in Aculag's photo (at least here in Ohio).

(And I do have this very, very slight fear in the back of my mind that this is an elaborate prank, and I'll be lulled into watching the peaceful little Robin here on the webcam and suddenly a scary face will pop up and scream... eek )
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 4:45pm

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Aculag wrote:

Interesting! I assumed all robins looked alike, but that makes sense.
I wondered about that. Obviously I'm used to seeing the kind pdrg linked to (the one on the picture is Norwegian).

She's facing the camera now by the way. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 4:55pm

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Ooops: After all that I forgot to post the Wikipedia links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Robin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Robin
Posted: Thu, 26th May 2011, 4:59pm

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You forgot to spoiler-tag the American Robin article. wink
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 3:33am

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After some thought, I've decided not to have the lamp on at night. Tomorrow I'm going to try and find an HD webcam with a microphone and night vision.
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 10:35am

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ACU quote
"After some thought, I've decided not to have the lamp on at night. Tomorrow I'm going to try and find an HD webcam with a microphone and night vision."

Good thinking Batman!
My moggies were gonna send her a sleeping mask so she can get some sleep. smile
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 6:35pm

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That's amazing Aculag! Just watched a bit and the bird's just sat there- made me jump a bit when an advert for mouth plasters came up though- will continue watching this!
Also- just be glad you have a Robin and not one of these:
http://www.derby.gov.uk/dccwebdev/museum/peregrine/webcam.htm

They've become quite the tourist attraction here-apparently they can dive in flight at over 200 mph - that fact wouldn't be so interesting if it had nested in your porch and did it every time you left the house.
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 8:56pm

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Psh... I WISH I had a falcon nesting at my house. That would be amazing.

Yesterday I was checking out a cam of a bald eagle's nest. The bird never showed up, but the surroundings were amazing. Makes me wonder how people get the cameras up to some of these places. I had a hard enough time just sticking mine to the ceiling with tape.

Ps. I just put up a new camera right over the nest. Looks great, and there's sound now, just in case she farts.
Posted: Sat, 28th May 2011, 9:58am

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LOL!
Posted: Sun, 29th May 2011, 1:23am

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Easily the most-intriguing thing on FXhome in months.
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 8:18pm

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Update: THE BIRDS ARE HATCHING! Two down, two to go. They are pink and they thrash around a lot. I hope they don't die.
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 9:29pm

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They are very pink! the one on the left is still struggling to get out the bottom of the egg shell. Had to hold my breath then when they stopped moving..took a while for to realise that it had frozen streaming for a few seconds duh! crazy Really lovely thing to share with us Aculag, thanks for this.
Have you considered what's going to happen when they all hatch and start growing up? You might get generations and generations of birds living in your porch !
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 9:46pm

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Have you considered what's going to happen when they all hatch and start growing up? You might get generations and generations of birds living in your porch !
Hehe, I'm taking it one step at a time. So far there isn't even any mess around the nest. I'm looking forward to watching them grow and leave the nest. Not sure what happens after that. I'm hoping to be able to grab one of the eggshells as a keepsake.
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That would be a cool idea- they're the bluest eggs i've ever seen. I remarked to my brothers that it's such a funny thing to imagine all the thousands of people sat at home watching this bird laying her eggs, and them hatching-all the while the bird is totally oblivious to it and just goes about it's business. Was quite an amusing thought.
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 10:42pm

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True, but we can always pretend she knows, because she's always looking at the camera.
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 11:55pm

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Speaking of looking at the camera- just had quite a funny coincidence: it's been mentioned that American robins look a lot different to British ones- i showed the images to one of my brothers and he thought it looked like a pigeon- your robin must have took it as an insult as the split second he said it the robin looked square into the camera- gave it a thousand yard stare and flew off- i just hope it isn't coming to hunt us down!
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This has been fun watching so far. They are awesome. Last I checked there were two, looks like at least another hatched, but now it's dark out. Hope they're still alright! How long are you going to keep the stream going post-hatch?
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 3:50am

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Yep, three have hatched so far. I hope the fourth one makes it.

I plan to keep the stream up as long as the birds are in the nest.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 3:14pm

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Good for you Acu ,by far the greatest thread for an original idea.
Will you be like all parents when their brood leave the nest. smile
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 3:22pm

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davlin wrote:

Will you be like all parents when their brood leave the nest. smile
Do all parents ritualistically burn the nest on the steps of the EPA offices? If so, yes.

Ps. You may have noticed that all four have hatched. The last one came just a couple of hours ago.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 4:52pm

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Mummy had better hurry up from the supermarket with their din dins..

Beautiful!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 5:18pm

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This is really cool, Aculag. My entire family was watching for a bit yesterday, and I sent the link to my grandfather who's a birdwatcher and he also thought it was really cool (probably his first time watching live streaming).

How has the feedback been since the camera went up?
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 9:06pm

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How has the feedback been since the camera went up?
Very similar to your story there. I posted it on here, Facebook, and Something Awful, and from the comments on the ustream page, it seems that many of the viewers are people who got the link from a family member. Lots of people showing their kids and parents and grandparents.

People love watching nature! I'm just glad that I was able to put up the camera and share it with everyone. It's not something that most folks get to see.
Posted: Tue, 14th Jun 2011, 11:52am

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I am shamelessly bumping this thread so I don't have to scroll down so far to find it. I check in almost every day -- maybe every other day.

Aculag's babies are getting big.

Stuff 'em full of bugs and worms, Mama Bird! That's a good girl!
Posted: Tue, 14th Jun 2011, 12:16pm

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Oh dear!....has one of the little ones fallen out of the nest?...I missed your message about tragedy...what a shame.

The other 3 are growing into real hungry little beasties,must keep you awake all night... smile
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They've flown off! How awesome, thanks again for doing this. How did the ending go, anyone catch it live? Got a recording bychance? Will miss them.

You should put together a little montage, depending on what you've got. Would love to see the progression all at once.
Posted: Fri, 17th Jun 2011, 2:34am

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Yeah, I checked in during my lunch hour today (around noon Eastern Daylight Time) and saw they were gone. One of the comments on the webcam page said they left the nest around 9:30 AM (Eastern Time).
Posted: Mon, 20th Jun 2011, 6:30am

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I've been out of town, and without internet all week, so I totally missed it. Oh well, at least this means I can start using that door again.
Posted: Mon, 20th Jun 2011, 4:59pm

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I'd say that a great big thank you should be on the cards for Aculag .

Giving us all the opportunity to view the beautiful little beasties as they grow and leave the nest.....not a dry eye in the house.

You put a lot of effort into this great little thread and the live cam set up.

THANK YOU!