This is a project to monitor the number of birds that visit my bird feeder, as well as record the amount of time spent feeding. I used an Arduino Yún and a capacitive touch sensor, Adafruit CAP1188, to detect and record the birds feeding. On a routine basis, the accumulated data is sent to a Google Docs spreadsheet to record the number and time spent by the birds visiting the feeder.

Data is only transmitted during a set period of time prior to sunrise and after sunset.

Step 1: Step 1: Parts

These are a list of the parts that I used to assemble my project. You could use a variety of project boxes to create your project, but these are the items I had on hand at the time.

1 6x3x2" Project Enclosure
1 3x2x1" Project Enclosure
1 roll 1/4" Copper Foil Tape
1 CAP1188 8-Key Capacitive Touch Sensor
1 Arduino Yun
1 micro-SD card
2 DB-9 male connectors
2 DB-9 female connectors
1 Bird Feeder (CedarWorks Plastic Hopper Bird Feeder)
1 Tail Light connector from automotive supply store

<p>excellent and interesting. Not that I will immediately wire up a bird feeder, but I can use the principles elsewhere. A chicken coop.<br><br>It may sound deranged but I am thinking of adding optical recognition of the birds (the chicken and unwanted visitors) to scare off the unwanted visitors.<br><br>Not because it is usefull, but because I can, besides, it may prove useful on a larger scale, so I am just testing the principle. I get bugged by pigeons a lot who are after my chicken food. Should be possible to differentiate between a chicken and a pigeon i guess<br><br></p>
<p>i use the python gspread to send data directly to gdocs. its very easy.<br> https://github.com/burnash/gspread</p>
<p>gspread looks like an excellent alternative to my method. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Very cool project! Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Great project, You should show it off on the adafruit show and tell on wednesday if you have yet to do so</p>

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