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  • Forum Thread: ** ADVICE PLEASE **

    There appears to be trich here. I have removed all feeders and covered bird bath. Last time I suspected it, I removed all feeders, including seed feeders, suet slabs and fat balls, covered bath and stopped ground feeding and table feeding and did not put any food out at all for 4 weeks. Have removed...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Mesh Nets - First Response.

    Lolly Any thoughts on mentioning the mesh nets on Autumnwatch? Hi Lolly We can ask, i've forwarded all of the details to our staff liaising with the Autumnwatch team, I cannot guarantee anything more though unfortunately.
  • Forum Thread: RSPB Classic seed feeder and guardian

    Hi Guys, I have bought a "classic seed feeder" and its associated clear plastic dish and I seem to have a problem with it.... it may be a coincidence but after installing it in the same place where an older bird feeder was, the numbers of birds visiting the same place has dropped. I did...
  • Forum Thread: Dangerous Fat Ball Feeder

    Hello, this is old news for me, but I have only just joined the RSPB community so I wanted to share it with you all as a warning. We have always had a variety of bird feeders - from old flower pot saucers to very modern nijer feeders. Amongst them we have a variety of feeders for fat balls - including...
  • Forum Thread: Goldfinch Infestation

    hi i wonder if anyone can advise. My wife and i have always kept different bird feeders in our garden and several years ago tried to lure goldfinches by placing a nyjer feeder out, with little success at first we didn't give up and within a year started to attract a few so we continued to fed and...
  • Forum Reply: Re: How to attract wild birds into the garden

    When we first put out feeders it took some time before we had regular feeders now our garden has lots of visitors including woodpecker I have a poor photo of a pheasant on a feeder, as many as 30+ goldfinches in the winter. We have a couple of window feeders on the kitchen window. Now I have a problem...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Trichomoniasis: Finding Sick, dying or dead birds?

    We have had many losses from the parasite in this area and I was told to remove my feeders for 2 weeks to break the cycle however when I put them back yesterday the first bird I saw on them was a very sick young greenfinch. So I have removed them again. A neighbour of mine, he lives half a mile away...
  • Forum Thread: Pushy Starlings!

    I have a lot of birds in my garden - tits, thrushes, finches, blackbirds, nuthatches, blackcaps etc etc - but literally in the last few days three or four starlings have discovered the various feeders I put out. I understand that starlings are threatened, but they are actively frightening away the other...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Fatballs, and Suet products

    Hi all This thread is perfectly valid although i do appreciate that there have been previous discussions about suet and fat products. Whilst it is good practise to look around for similar threads, if your question is slightly different or you know previous threads do not offer an appropriate answer...
  • Forum Thread: Ever thought about making a Christmas cake for birds?

    Birds like cake, fact. Is it good for them, well yes it is, they don't need to worry about obesity or high cholesterol as they use up so much energy flying and just trying to stay warm! So most cakes are fine for wild birds, as long as they don't have dessicated cocunut in them any cake crumbs...
  • Forum Thread: Is putting bread out for the BGB cheating?

    We were playing bridge with friends on Saturday and mentioned the Big Garden Birdwatch which they did for the first time this year. They didn't get any birds and we said we put bread out on the ground and all the birds were interested in that and not the feeders. They said that was cheating and would...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Mesh Nets - First Response.

    Hi all I'm just posting an update to let you know where we stand with the mesh bags issue at the moment, sorry if it turns into a bit of an essay! Our media teams around the country issued a press release highlighting the dangers of mesh bags and other garden hazards to wildlife. We were pleased...
  • Forum Thread: which nuts?

    I have some out of date almonds, cashews, pine kernels and sesame seeds, and also some unsalted peanut butter (pure peanut only). Can I crush and give any of these to the birds visiting my garden who are costing me a fortune in commercial feed? Also, any ideas how to stop pheatsants (up to 12 at a...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Feed the birds day Live Q&A

    Hi - can I feed the birds in my garden all year round? Im gearing up to start again now but have not fed my birds over the Summer. I read somewhere that all year round feeding is the right thing to do and now feel bad that I stopped in March....
  • Forum Thread: Communal garden, feeders and pigeons

    Hello! I hope you guys are well and are able to help us. We have been feeding birds for the last couple of years in our communal garden. Not only do we get immense pleasure, we have also seen a rise in the local bird population. We now have a lovely flock of starlings and we often see Woodpeckers...
  • Forum Thread: Feeding Advice

    First post and I'm already after some advice! We live in Fife and we've had feeders in our garden for over a year now, with separate feeders with fat balls, buggy bites and sunflower hearts. We get a varity of birds visiting, the usual ones being (a huge) group of House Sparrows, Starlings...
  • Forum Thread: Long Tailed Tit stuck in feeder

    Hello, I have been using one of the square suet feeders that you put the blocks in. I noticed this morning that birds were flying up to it and departing quickly in a rather startled manner. On investigation I was astonished to find a Long Tailed Tit stuck inside the feeder (right at the bottom) with...
  • Forum Thread: Feeding insects?

    I've been feeding seeds and peanuts from feeders for a while, but I want to supplement this with insects where possible... I'm going to order some mealworms, but I thought in the meantime I could just collect some insects from the garden... We've got woodpiles, which are great for earthworms...
  • Forum Thread: Left over Bread

    Hello all, just wondered if anybody could suggest a good and safe way to use left over bread for the birds. I know it should be moistened before leaving for birds...any other creative recipes out there ,plse!
  • Forum Thread: Summer feeding

    We are regularly asked about summer feeding and what's good for birds. It would be interesting to find out what food people are putting out and what seems to be most popular with the birds at this time of year.
  • Forum Thread: Pink berry suet pellets (McDonalds v Michelin)

    Hello All Having successfully raised a couple of robins (awwwwwwwwww) on Wilkinson's pink berry suet pellets, Mr and Mrs Robin are no longer about, sniff sniff. Here's a young robin tackling a Wilkinson's pellet: However, Mr and Mrs Robin Jr have arrived and are clearly nesting...
  • Forum Reply: Re: How to attract wild birds into the garden

    Hello GillianCarole and welcome, I too had to wait quite a while for the birds to be happy enough to use my feeders, that was a few years ago and now I get loads everyday. Patience is the key really, birds just need to get used to things moving around the garden. Also at this time of year, the...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Pastry

    Afternoon all! I finally made some pastry with chopped sunflower hearts, soaked raisins and some seeds. Its in the fridge now and i'll be putting out tomorrow and spending all day to see what comes along to eat it. I was going to put some out on a log and on some branches as well as in the fat ball...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Making Bird bread

    Hi Lindylou - as has been mentioned, breads not great for birds, as it doesn't normally contain nutrients that birds require - however, a home-made, seed-heavy mix would of course be different, and probably ok - the problems mainly arise when bread is the only thing offered, as this can lead to nutrition...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Trichomoniasis: Finding Sick, dying or dead birds?

    Just a few points to clarify here. We understand that this disease is horrific to witness and that people want to do all they can to help. However some actions, which even with the best intentions, are going to do more harm than good. You should never put any form of medicine into bird baths. Trichomonosis...