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  • Forum Thread: Sparrows eating grit

    I've noticed lately that the house sparrows in my garden are pecking at the grit on an alpine pot near the feeders. Is this to do with the food in the feeders containing hard coated seeds? When I was a kid my parents gave our hens grit to help them digest the 'corn', whatever cereal that...
  • Forum Thread: Why did all 7 baby Blue Tits die?

    In our camera bird box a pair of Blue Tits laid 10 eggs. 7 hatched 2 weeks ago, but numbers very quickly dwindled, and about a week ago the male adult disappeared leaving Mum to tend to the 3 remaining chicks herself. But today with only one baby left we found it dead. It was doing rather well; feeding...
  • Forum Thread: HELP! URGENT! Coot/Moorhen eggs! How to incubate?

    There is a lake in my garden and lots of ducks, coots and moorhens have settled to breed. There are around 12 mallard ducklings already, which have been adopted by a coot funnily enough. They are living on a floating duck house we got a few years ago. The mother duck keeps going back there to try and...
  • Forum Thread: Looking to purchase a Bird Feeding Station

    Hi there, My old bird feeding station has finally broke and i'm now looking for a new one for my garden. I've done a little research and found a pretty good UK site that reviews bird feeding stations, after reading this article http://thebirdfeedingstation.co.uk/2015/04/25/the-top-3-best...
  • Forum Thread: Peregrine Falcons

    Hi, My name is Alexander, I am acting manager at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, Scotland. We are lucky to have two pairs of peregrine falcon here in the Firth of Forth and I have been watching them and monitoring their behaviour for more than a year. However today I saw something I...
  • Forum Thread: Jackdaw suddenly stopped coming?

    Hi all, At the moment we are lucky enough to have many birds visiting our garden to feed. We have quite a few notable regulars and one in particular, a jackdaw. He/she would come every night as it was starting to get dark. It was really comfortable with us and would sit on our fence while we put the...
  • Forum Thread: Great Tits

    We have had the pleasure of great tits nesting in our garden this year. On the 1st of June seven chicks fledged which I was amazed and delighted to witness. There are now great tits in this box again,they appear to be feeding! Is this the same pair with another brood? Or new parents using the old nest...
  • Forum Thread: Common Birds

    Hi There, I am a complete novice to wildlife and I am a new RSPB user so please excuse my ignorance. I live in Argyll and I would like to find some birds but I am unsure of what type of birds are common to the area nor do I know what to look for. Once I have a hand for it I aim to take some of our...
  • Forum Thread: Ask an expert: Buzzard and garden

    David asked: for the last 10 days a buzzard has started landing in our garden at almost the same time every morning. He perches on a silver birch and then has a wander round on the lawn for 5 minutes. Any ideas? Though the Buzzard is the UK's commonest bird of prey, gardens are not their usual haunt...
  • Forum Thread: Feeding blue tits

    Hi . We put up some nesting boxes a couple of years ago and now it seems that finally blue tits have decided to take advantage of our free lodgings. That's the bed bit ! What do they have for breakfast ? We have feeders but there is nothing in them at the moment. I have been researching on the Internet...
  • Forum Thread: Ask An Expert: Regurgitation

    Rick asks: "I have heard that the regurgetation of food in the feeding process is triggered by the visual stimulus of the chicks physical features. In other words: it is the actual look of the young that causes the parent bird to regurgetate the food, in effect feeding it. Is this true?" ...
  • Forum Thread: Threat to Site of Special Scientific Interest in Ely

    Hi Everyone, I am posting out of concern about a ban that East Cambridgeshire District Council has recently placed on feeding waterfowl anywhere other than on the water in the Waterside area of Ely. The BBC reported on the ban at the end of June: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire...
  • Forum Reply: Re: starlings

    I do not think the use of alarm calls is suitable for this instance. They are meant for situations where starlings may pose a threat to agriculture, air safety and other genuine reasons. Alarm calls also alert other birds to potential danger so it is quite likely that you would end up scaring off other...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 ...