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  • Forum Reply: RE: Pigeons scaring away small birds

    We're at that time of year when birds are going through a number of changes. Woodpigeons and collared doves often breed during late summer so they are often in gardens looking for seeds as well as being seen in large groups in the countryside. Other species are less interested in garden bird feeders...
  • Forum Thread: On the grape vine

    Despite living in the Midlands we have a thriving grape vine in our garden; the grapes, though numerous, are usually too small for us to bother with so every year we leave them for the birds. Much to our delight the blackbirds love them, we have counted as many as ten blackbirds feeding on the vine at...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Keeping feeding area clean

    Hi there Niblet and welcome I hope you found the link to our website that Chris provided useful. We do recommend moving the feeding station around every so often to prevent a build up of mess and spillage occurring in one place. A diluted disinfectant solution is ok if you are able to scrub the surface...
  • Forum Thread: Standard Seed v No Mess/Waste Seed

    Hello,I'm still in the learning process,of feeding the birds and decided to invest in some more expensive "no waste/mess" bird seed,as I was having the usual problem of sprouting seeds,below my feeder station. I have found that,at the moment, the mess made by the uneaten "no mess"...
  • Forum Thread: When to stop feeding?

    I attract a good variety of birds to my garden and use a mixture of hanging feeders and ground feeders to keep up a regular supply of food, including a daily supply of good quality seed mix in the ground feeders. I am moving house at the end of May, and I am wondering when I should start decreasing...
  • Forum Thread: fatballs

    I have an RSPB suet/seed ball but I wonder how long they last. Mine is looking a bit "tired" although the birds are still feeing from it. I don't want to poison them! Bernard
  • Forum Thread: first goldfinches

    We are so thrilled! We bought a nyjer seed feeder 2 weeks ago and were prepared to wait quite a long time before the goldfinches found it. We had a pair on it this morning. We also had a pair of coal tits on the peanut feeder at the same time. These feeders are dangling from my rotary washing line...
  • Forum Thread: How much to feed wild birds??

    Hi there! I'm in New Zealand and I set up a bird feeder for my parents. It is frequented mainly by some very bossy greenfinches, but also a few chaffinches, sparrows and waxeyes/silvereyes. The feeder is made out of an old 1.5L soft drink bottle and we half fill it with wild bird seed mix from...
  • Forum Thread: How to attract wild birds into the garden

    I have recently bought a bird feeder and hung fat balls from it. However, the birds dont seem to be interested and the fat balls have remained untouched for about 4 weeks. The feeder is approximately 20 feet from the back door and I wonder if it is too close for the birds to feel comfortable. I previously...
  • Forum Reply: Re: I'm going to feed the birds all year round. Is this ok?

    Hi all Firstly, due to some comments on this thread I thought a reminder about the terms and conditions of posting to this site was required, please take heed of the guidance below. 'Be aware that users will have a wide range of interest, experience and knowledge - so please treat everyone...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Live Q & A session Friday 29 October 11 am - 12 pm

    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: attracting the right birds in the garden

    hi i would like to know if someone can recommend food/seed/anything that would attract birds beside local pigeons and wild parrots! i have tried peanuts, suet, mixed seed and various fruits but these 2 birds seem to eat anything and everything and scare away anyone else. the most 'interesting'...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Feeding soaked molassed sugar beet to garden birds

    Hi Karla I'm not familiar with molassed sugar beet, i am assuming it is soaked to prevent it swelling inside the horses? If this is the case i cannot see any problems with using it as food for birds after it has been soaked but probably best not to use it pre-soaking just in case. I'm not...
  • 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...