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Hi Everyone Has anyone else seen Goldfinches down on the shore line ? I live in the Wirral and occasionally see Goldfinches pecking about in the rocks and seaweed down in the Estuary. As seed eaters, I wondered what they were after down there ! Got any ideas ?
22 Aug 2012
Helping Mallards nesting in Kent.
Hi all, I live on a houseboat on the Medway estuary, Kent. Yesterday we noticed our resident mallard has a new broad of 7 chicks, unfortunately though last year we only saw the chicks for a couple of days and each day it was distressing to notice the number of chicks get less and less :( I'm wondering...
16 Jul 2011
I have a nest box in my garden with a fitted camera. For the past fortnight a bluetit has been incubating 8 eggs in it. This morning 3 of the eggs hatched. Unfortunately, there has been no sign of her partner for the last week or so & I am concerned how she is going to feed them on her own. Any advice...
8 May 2011
Re: Do birds have lunch hours?
Great pictures and an interesting question! Birds are creatures of habit in many ways and it is often possible to predict a birds behaviour. The goldfinch for example will often feed first thing in the morning, spend the middle part of the day singing, preening and resting in the tree tops before...
17 Feb 2011
Re: de-icing the bird bath
ratty Are some birds able to cope better than others without liquid water? All of our garden birds need to drink every day and bathing is also very important, they have to keep their feathers in tip-top condition in order for them to be effective at keping the birds warm and dry. Wozatmz, i don't...
6 Dec 2010
No more blackbirds??
Heya I live in Chippenham and used to have loads of blackbirds visiting our garden, but we haven't seen any since around Spring, and even then we didn't see many young as we usually do. Is there anyway we can attract them again? We get some other birds like long tailed tits, blue tits, crows...
8 Nov 2010
Re: HELP ! Too many Starlings
Dear Everyone, Thank you so much for all your replies. Wow ! So nice to now there are so many ordinary bird lovers. I perhaps need to explain the situation here a little better. When I say I have too many starlings, there are 3 separate flocks at the moment (there was only 2 when I first wrote for...
30 Oct 2010
Re: Oh dear- rats!!
Hi Pipit - this is a fairly commonly asked query on the Community - you should get some good ideas from this thread - http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/forums/p/4033/29866.aspx#29866 Good luck! LRB
18 Jun 2010
Re: Is it OK to feed birds "Bread and Dripping"?
Hi Lyndsey, What spoilt birds! This all sounds delicious, but there is one thing that I should point out though - fat from cooking is potentially bad for birds. The problem with cooked fat from roasting tins and dishes etc, is that the meat juices have blended with the fat and when allowed to set...
22 Apr 2010
How long should food be left out?
Hi all, Hope you can help! I've just recently started feeding birds in my small urban garden. But I'm unsure how often to change the food i put out. I'm using: Peanuts, Seed Cake, Fat Cakes, Half a Coconut with Fat and Mealworms, and fat balls. Any help would be appreciated as...
29 Mar 2010
I've recently started feeding birds in my small urban garden. I've put peanuts into a plastic feeder which looks like this one http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/p/BirdFeeders/RSPB_Classic_seed_bird_feeders.htm Blue tits and great tits have been visiting, but.... The Great tits especially discard...
14 Mar 2010
What time(s) do you see birds in your garden?
I find that most of the activity on my feeders happens between 10.30 and 12 - annoying as during the week I am at work at this time! I do sometimes see the odd blackbird or robin eating from the ground before I leave for work at 7.30/8, but not many and I never see birds on the feeders at this time....
23 Feb 2010
Re: Woodpigeon and suet pellets
Yep absolutely - it is a 'feature' of doves and pigeons to use the crop as a pre-digestive store - here, the seeds begin digestion by being moisturised before going off to the gizzard - it is a common feature in many (but not all) seed-eating birds, but most prominent in pigeons/doves. When they...
22 Feb 2010
Re: Woodpigeon and suet pellets
Pigeons are opportunistic feeders and will eat a wide range of foods - while they mostly eat 'vegetarian', such as grain, seeds, leaves and buds etc they will turn to other foodstuffs, particularly in bad weather. They'll eat insects and even peck at carrion if need be. The suet pellets won't...
19 Feb 2010
Re: No birds at my feeders.
Hi Madpenguin It looks like your garden is developing nicely. One thing that might put some species off is the lack of lawn and hedging. Gravel and paving prevents ground feeding birds from foraging on the insects and worms that live in the soil and some ornamental evergreens don't have much wildlife...
4 Feb 2010
Re: very few birds (seagulls?)
Hi, I have three dogs, a cat thats always trying to get the birds in my garden, I also have gulls landing and feeding in my garden, but I get lots of other birds as well, they all fright but most of the time they just feed. Sparrow is right you need to put out the right food, try not to put out white...
14 Jan 2010
Invitation to dinner - rejected!
Since the cold weather started in December, I've noticed a dramatic reduction in the number of birds visiting this suburban Cheshire garden. In fact, in spite of seeds, nuts, home made fat-blocks, commercial fat balls, bacon rind, ham fat and granary bread being available there's scarce been...
14 Jan 2010
How to help a fieldfare?
hi, like loads of other people, I now have a fieldfare in my garden. He originally came with about 6 others, but seems to have lost his friends. However, unlike other people's mine is not bossy - the opposite actually - the little birds are bullying him :-( . As suggested, I have put food away...
12 Jan 2010
Should we feed waterfowl when the lakes are frozen over?
Hi All. I live near the gravel pit lakes at Rickmansworth and have noticed that the birds seem quite keen to find out if I have food - even Moor Hens (normally fairly shy in my experience) have taken to following me around a little when I'm close to the lake (which is mostly frozen over). My question...
10 Jan 2010
Re: Worried About NOT Feeding Birds
Hi Mr Birdy, As sparrow said It is very nice that you should think of the birds like this and as for your problem:... I would suggest feeding the birds slightly less everyday and when you get back put the food out again. NOTE: When you put the food back out the birds may have moved away and...
8 Jan 2010
Hi there, I hope you don't mind me resurrecting this old thread. I've been feeding birds in our garden for several years, have quite a few hanging feeders which seem to be fine. I also have a mesh ground basket / table for feeding the ground birds. A problem has arisen this week - we've...
7 Jan 2010
Re: Bird Food Question.
Hiya Paul, The birds that visit my garden hoover up any type of baked product, from fruit cake to stale doughnuts!! I always ensure that there is fresh, clean, water available. I also find they like Bananas (peeled) and Apples which are going rotten. The latter I put on the ground then stamp on them...
6 Jan 2010
Re: Fat/suet ball holders
Thanks, Coal. It's been there around a year now so they should be used to it. They don't seem scared of it as they sit on the top and feed from a seed holder not a foot away. I've made some "fat balls" out of lard, nuts, raisins and seeds tonight, shaped in yoghurt pots, and...
20 Dec 2009
Re: Bird feeders attached to window, & kept free from Jackdaw and Collar Dove attack - PLEASE HELP!
Many thanks for the suggestion, but alas I have to spend most of my life in this upstairs room, and really would like to see the birds I feed - hence the suction-cup window feeders. Someone suggested putting a wire cage over the window (!) which might be my only line of defence against these clever...
30 Oct 2009
Bird feeders attached to window, & kept free from Jackdaw and Collar Dove attack - PLEASE HELP!
For various reasons my bird feeders have to be mounted onto a window - and I was happily feeding all members of the small birds in our area: all the tits, finches and sparrows for a couple of years - then we were noticed by the gargantuan appetites of the collared doves and the jackdaws. They scared...
30 Oct 2009
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