Welcome to the Boinx Blackbird Watching!

You are looking at a nest of "common blackbirds" which was located in Leoben, Austria (that one in Europe! ;-) ) which we streamed live for a couple of weeks 24/7. The female (we named her "Marge") started to build the nest on 1st of May 2016. For two or three days she was building the nest. After some days the first egg appeared. On 21th the chicks "Bart" and "Lisa" hatched. "Maggie" and "Matt" followed the day after. At the beginning the male "Homer" didn't helped at all but later on it was feeding the chicks along with Marge. After a couple of weeks watching the Simpsons family inside the nest and outside of the nest we hope that they will have a long and healthy life!

If you're curious how the live stream was produced, please read this post about setting up the live stream and installing the night vision facilities.

Lesson learned

Last evening I tried to install a mirror to be able to capture the nest more from above. The Construction was not too bad however the problem was that Marge didn’t liked it. I think because the selfie stick reached too far into the nest. She left for a long time and I got worried about the chicks. So
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Maggie and Matt

Guess what? The Simpsons Family is complete! Today we welcome Maggie and Matt (named after the Simpsons creator Matt Groening)! Unfortunately the chicks are so small that they don’t reach to the nest rim and so they currently not showing up in the live stream. Currently I have no feasible idea how to solve this problem. The
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Warm and cosy

The hatching day is getting closer and closer! Time for more science: I borrowed a Flir thermal camera for the iPhone from a friend and took some pictures to document the temperature of the nest and the eggs. The outside temperature is about 8°C (46°F). The nest from the outside has 10°C (50°F) but inside the eggs are at a
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Homer risked a peek

Today at 3:55 pm we spotted “Homer”, the male blackbird, at the nest the first time. Just for a minute he peeked into it and looked around. “Marge”, the female, came back and showed him the door immediately.    

Night Vision

  At the beginning of this adventure “Marge” the blackbird wasn’t at home in the night times. So it wasn’t very annoying to see only a black screen. But now that she has four eggs in her nest she keeps them worm at night. The AXIS IP Camera we are using to capture the scene
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It's Getting Tight

My wife watched Marge chasing another blackbird female in oder to banish it from her territory. Unfortunately both didn’t realize the transparent window and clashed against it. Luckily they escaped with no more than a fright. A close look into the nest explains the rudeness of Marge: She is defending her fourth egg!

My Home Is My Castle

Since the first egg it is more than clear that Marge will stay here to breed. Many people we talked to in the last days warned us about martens climbing up everywhere to reach out for nests in order to raiding them. “No way for them to climb up that high!” I replied. Today my wife
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