Welcome to Sparkbird.
The world’s first automated bird watcher!
Tell it your favorite species and never miss a visit again.
We started this project because we were always wondering what rare species we were missing at our feeders. While at work, running errands, or spending time with our kids it is easy to miss that rare visit from a Spark. That is why we created Sparkbird.
Tips & Tricks
Setup your phone on a tripod pointed out a window at your feeder. Ideally the feeder would be 5 feet or less from the window. Though, you can put the feeder further away if your phone has a telephoto lens.
Remove any screens from the window. The screen interferes with the applications ability to recognize birds.
Avoid bird-window collisions (BWC’s) by installing anti-collision decals on your window glass. For example.
Make sure your phone tripod is located near a power outlet and has decent wifi reception.
In with the Old
Use an old phone that no longer has cell service as your SparkBird phone. As long as you have wifi, any old phone should work great to catch birds at your feeder. This allows you to leave it up all the time when you are not around and needing only wifi makes it free to operate.
Pinch and zoom your phone in on the feeder so that the primary perching areas are clearly visible and not too small. Experiment a bit to get the best detections.
If possible, orient your phone vertically. This may allow you to get ground feeding birds in addition to the ones on the feeder. Some of our most unexpected visitors have been ground feeders that were caught by the phone.
For best pictures and results use a more recent phone. The latest iPhone, X or newer that have telephoto lenses and neural chips provide the very best results.
Turn your feeder so that the main perches are located with profile views from your camera. Or, block off the perches that are hidden behind the feeder.
Is your feeder too far away from your window? Buy a telephoto lense for your phone. There are a ton of great options on Amazon.
We are building a Sparkbird community in multiple places...
Engage with us us on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit!
Want to earn premium service levels? You can do that by becoming a Bird Bounty Hunter! We are looking for volunteers that want to help us round out our species database. If you are interested in helping check the reddit page for the latest bounty list. Or, email us and submit your captures.
Use Sparkbird to...
- Watch one of your feeders for birds as they visit - the classic.
- Watch a bird bath for visitors to the bird bath.
- Watch a nest for visitors to the nest.
- Watch a bush or tree for visitors.
- Watch a hummingbird feeder.
- Help count the number of birds that visit your feeder.