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Mark Scott
Posts: 56
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:21 pm
Location: Central Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2018 - Had 44 pairs and put out 100+ babies. 3-Super System 24’s. 2019 - Had 48 pairs

Has anybody used a outdoor camera showing their Martin gourd rack and able to view it on their cell phone. I work 12 hour days and nights and heard it was possible to view your setup using a camera and your cell phone. If so, is there a service for this or just the cost of a outdoor camera? Are the pictures clear and able to view at night? Thanks. Mark
2018 - 44 pairs, produced 100+ babies. Using 3 Super System 24’s.
Matt F.
Posts: 3922
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:48 am
Location: Houston, TX

Hi Mark,
Forum member and Canadian landlord "Madattiver" has a setup like you're describing, where he could check on things from anywhere using his phone.
Hopefully he enters in.
Mark Scott
Posts: 56
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:21 pm
Location: Central Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2018 - Had 44 pairs and put out 100+ babies. 3-Super System 24’s. 2019 - Had 48 pairs

Hope so, I hate it when working 12 hours day shift and thinking what is going on at my setup. I can check my phone at work and know.
2018 - 44 pairs, produced 100+ babies. Using 3 Super System 24’s.
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

I'm here... I'm here... Lol..

I do have a set up similar to what you are talking about. I run an old iPhone with a 8x zoom lens pointing at the Martin house. It is set up in a window sill in my house. I actually use a baby monitoring app that was around $5 and I can watch on my cell phone from work. The only thing was that the app needed to be on both devices... Not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

I will see if I can attach a screen shot from my phone now, but if it doesn't work I will get one once I get back to my computer.
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

Here's a screenshot from this week before I set up the house. I have a 12x zoom lens on order to have a second cam or maybe just upgrade the other lens.

Let me know if that picture loaded ok.
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Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
Mark Scott
Posts: 56
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:21 pm
Location: Central Virginia
Martin Colony History: 2018 - Had 44 pairs and put out 100+ babies. 3-Super System 24’s. 2019 - Had 48 pairs

yes, thanks
2018 - 44 pairs, produced 100+ babies. Using 3 Super System 24’s.
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

It is not the best video, but I can clearly tell between a sparrow and a martin.

Here is a screen shot with the house up...

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Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
Mitch Booth
Posts: 480
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:23 am
Location: Akron, OH
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 0
2013 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 2 fledged
2014 - 0
2015 - 1 pair, 5 died during week of rain
2016 - 0
2017 - 1 pair, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2018 - 4 pair, 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2020 - 17 pair

What app are you using and can you explain the setup and how it works? I'm not sure I understand the baby monitor portion of it either?

Mitch
2020 - 17 pair 77 eggs 69 fledged
2019 - 7 pair
2018 - 4 pair 19 eggs, 19 fledged
2017 - 1 pair 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2016 - 0 only visits
2015 - 1 pair 5 eggs, 5 hatched, 5 dead on days 6-7
2014 - 0 only visits
2013 - 1 pair 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged
2012 - 0
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

Sure thing. The app is called "Cloud Baby Monitor". The app turns the extra iPhone into the camera and your phone into the receiver. Both phones need to be on the came iCloud account so they can connect to each other. Load the app on both devises and fire it up on the "camera" phone. Select "Child Unit" which activates the camera... and select "Parent Unit" on your phone to allow you to view the "camera" phone. We initially got this app for a baby monitor for our kids, but I ended up taking it over for my martins.

if this isn't clear enough please ask as many questions as you want. This set up may not be for everyone, but I had an extra old phone laying around so it does the trick for me.
Adam
Fifth Year Landlord
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