Watching birds at our bird feeders is a favorite winter activity of my family. However, often we'd love to get a close-up of the birds to tell what type they are, especially those on feeders away from the house. Instead of sneaking up on the feeder in the cold weather or straining through binoculars from the house to catch a glimpse of favorite feathered friends, we can now use the Bird-Vu feeder, which has a built-in video camera and microphone.
The feeder, made from weatherproof simulated wood, has a built-in all-weather wide-angle video camera, wireless transmitter, microphone, and 2-pound gravity-fed seed reservoir. All you need to do is hook up the transmitter to your television, place the feeder within 300 feet of the television, and tune in to live bird-watching and listening in the comfort of your home. The Bird-Vu feeder with all the components costs $499 and is available through garden centers and birding supply stores. To find a dealer near you, call (800) 295-1546.
Charlie Nardozzi is senior horticulturist at National Gardening.
Article published on June 23, 2008.