Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has, since the beginning of last week, streamed life inside a bird feeder decorated as a coffee bar – second by second at NRK.no/piipshow.
Blue tits, great tits, nuthatches and other birds are among the regulars in the unussual reality show.
But last Sunday a surprise visitor, a nearby living squirrel, had them all flee as he entered the bar.
“Squirrel!! 8.22.55”, a viewer wrote in the chatbox. Watch the action in the video above.
The squirrel greedily ate the sunflower seeds and other birdfoods, and kept showing up for the next hour.
After an hour, the squirrel left and the regulars reappeared.
Watch tits entering the coffee bar in this video:
What goes on in the bar?
Different personalities meet inside the bar. Among others a short tempered nuthatch, a blue tit with the memory of a gold fish, a happy-go-lucky great tit, and a depressed bullfinch.
Like in any other bar there is bickering, petty theft, fighting and attempts at romance. But what are the birds actually saying to each other? You can give us your suggestions on Twitter and Instagram!
Take snapshots of birds you see or action from our live stream, post it and tag with #nrkpiip!
From idea to 24 hour broadcast
The mastermind behind the project, freelance photographer Magne Klann, joined companionship with illustrator and model maker Lars Aurtrade, They then turned to NRK who enthusiastically embraced the idea of a live broadcast from a bird feeder.
Ornithologists from all over Norway answers questions you may have at NRK.no/piipshow.
The show will go on until june this year, and the birds will in two weeks time move in to a birdhouse (see an early photo of the house to the right in this article).