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  • 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: Bird Free Zone

    Apart from next door what's the rest of your neighbourhood like? Do you see sparrows, finches doves or pigeons in your locality? I think the food you use can make a big difference. Next door to me the neighbour's feeders get very few visitors compared to mine. I think this might be because...
  • 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    I have some out of date almonds, cashews, pine kernels and sesame seeds, and also some unsalted peanut butter (pure peanut only).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: Deterring wild ducks whilst keeping my own fowl fed!!!!

    I have in my garden, roaming free, 2 geese, 2 hens and one guinea fowl. In early spring a wild duck nested on an island in garden pond and in early May hatched 9 ducklings. They are now a nuisance. I am feeding the 11 ducks (the mother, 9 hungry teenagers and a hanger on who has decided to ...
  • Forum Thread: Late summer lack of garden birds?

    We often get asked where have all the birds gone in the late summer and autumn months. Many people fear the worst or think they have done something to put them off. I thought i would take this chance to point out a few things to remember about wild birds at this time of year that might explain why they...
  • Forum Thread: Messy, wasteful sparrows

    I'm new to this community so forgive me reposting having now found my way around the different forums available! Hi, I get up to 20 sparrows visiting my tiny front garden most days. Lots of cats around here so I started to put bird seed, in a fairly standard seed feeder, in the ancient hawthorn...
  • Forum Thread: Coal tit cache!

    Hi everyone, I have been watching the multitude of coal tits that frequent my small garden and raid the feeders. I've noticed that some of them take their seeds (sunflower seeds at the moment) and rather than eat them, appear to be poking them into the grass/soil and returning for more seeds. I know...
  • Forum Thread: 2 + 1 = 3 Yellowhammers

    Having had 2 yellowhammers visit our feeding station last year, only to lose one to our cats, we went back up to 2 birds earlier this year. Then amazingly today we now have 3 yellowhammers. Interestingly they spend most of their time on the ground.
  • Forum Thread: How much do you spend on your birdies?

    I have no idea how much the average cost of a feeder, food, etc, is, and I was hoping others could share their average spend on birds! How much would you say a feeder should cost? How much money on food per week? Any input is valuable to someone with a small income a month!
  • Forum Thread: Fat from roasting tins - a warning

    Dear all, A gentle - but important - reminder not to put out the fat from your roasting tins as food for birds. The reasons why are discussed here ATB, DOM
  • Forum Thread: Window Bird Feeder

    Last Christmas we were given one of the RSPB Window Bird Feeders which is a great idea and we want to use it successfuly but no birds will come to it. Last year, after trying different food types, I eventually ended up taking the food out of it and putting it on the bird table where it vanished in a...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Feed the birds day Live Q&A

    thats good to hear. Is bread OK or not? On the radio recently they said we shouldnt use it?
  • Forum Thread: Long Tailed Tits question

    Hi Everyone, Two Long Tailed Tits are regular visitors to the garden and they make the use of the feeder with fat balls in. However, I read somewhere that when the warmer weather comes along, it's not advisable to purchase fat balls. As I haven't purchased anymore. The Long Tailed Tits no...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Ground feeding.

    Hi Owain21 - Basically, rats are attracted to food - any food. Food that is left out, and easily accessed, can and will be taken by rats. Rats move quickly and are excellent climbers and have no problem climbing vertical brick walls, fences or trees and bushes. They are mainly active at night and feed...
  • Forum Thread: Muntjac

    We have a pair of Muntjac who have started reglarly visiting our garden and grazing on various plants and windfalls for a short time. My first question is should we try and encourage them by putting out some sort of food? If yes, what should we feed them? Clearly they like windfall apples...
  • Forum Thread: I'm going to feed the birds all year round. Is this ok?

    Hia Folks I'm new to this website, but have already had loads of lovely replies to other messages I have posted. In the past, I've only ever fed my Garden Birds during the winter. But in the last few years I've heard it's ok to feed them all year round. So I plan to start doing...
  • Forum Thread: Dominant blackbirds

    I seem to have a dominant blackbird couple nesting in a large laurel hedge. Although this is great, is there any point encouraging other birds into the garden? The blackbirds seem to scare off other birds. Does this only happen when they are feeding their young at this time of year? The blackbirds feed...
  • Forum Thread: new type of feed

    Apart from nuts and seeds, I started putting out cheap Morrisons flapjack for the birds and they love it. Among those heading for the treat are blackbirds, sparrows, starlings and robins. Only the woodpigeons don't seem interested.
  • Forum Reply: Re: Pink berry suet pellets (McDonalds v Michelin)

    Thank you all for your replies. I'm ashamed to admit that I could bear the absence of robins demanding food no longer and acquired a pack of similar-to-Wilkinson's pink berry suet pellets - and the robins are back already, aaaah. Mr and Mrs Robin are now doing that strange thing where they...
  • 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: Bird feeding

    I'm lucky enough to have an area of oak woodland at the bottom of my garden which was completely overgrown and I've been attempting to make both accessible but also wildlife friendly- through nest boxes, log piles etc. My question is will birds bother to seek food there while I'm busily feeding...
  • Forum Thread: ferral pigeon problem

    i regularly feed the wild birds in my garden but ferral pigeons eat the food as soon as i put it out and chase off all other birds and dive bomb my dog can any one help