It’s highly likely that no fewer than 57 birds are watching, spying, and scheming against you at any moment of the day. All those conspiracies about avian cabal plots are between 0.5 and 1.2% true, so it only makes sense that we turn the tables and use our superior technology to divert any impending economic collapse brought on by the sly fowl.

Jude Pullen is always one step ahead and has the solution to 1) observe birds raising indoctrinating their young and 2) work out those weekend project muscles with a project the kids will enjoy too. So, how’s it done?

Well, if you’ve discovered your neighborhood birds are onto you, you may have priced game cameras or birdhouse cameras going for as much as $100. However, in one of his latest projects, Jude shares how to make your own DIY Wi-Fi Camera Bird Box, and do it on the chirp… Uhm, CHEAP.

DIY Wi-Fi Birdhouse with Camera

Jude has a long history in product design and one thing I love about the guy is his unconventional approach to finding solutions and relating it in practical terms anyone can understand. With a few items and some super clever hacks, he shares how to create a wi-fi birdhouse, along with some variations that provide various other options for viewing your nesting friends.

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1. Upgrade Bird Box to Add Perch

Jude worked with his son, adding a perch to the bird box, because what bird is just gonna fly into a dark hole? Grab your drill and a dowel rod and add a perch to that lil’ ol’ bird box.

2. Use 3 ml Syringe for Camera Mount

Sure, you could just jam a camera up in the bird box, but Jude’s approach is much sleeker and serves multiple purposes. A standard 3 ml syringe is just the right size for the camera he’ll use, plus it can be sealed up when not in use. Trim at the 2.5 ml or just a little longer than the thickness of wood where you’ll place the camera.

3. Drill the Hole for the Camera

You could put the hole anywhere, but Jude centers it over the nesting area, drilling with a 10mm drill bit perpendicular to the floor of the bird box. The syringe piece (with the fingerholds) is glue into place from underneath.

4. Insert and Align the Camera

So what camera does he use? It’s an HD wireless endoscope. You may even have one in your toolset. They’re super handy and, it just so happens, perfectly fits the inside diameter of the 3 ml syringe.

Those are the basic steps, but Jude provides a lot more instruction, more photos, and more variations to try out on the Wi-Fi Camera Bird Box Instructable where he’s posted the items and tools he’s used along with the step-by-step. Check it out along with his other Instructables!

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