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  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RATS!

    In basic terms, rats are attracted to food. Any food that is left out, and easily accessed, can and will be taken by rats, thereby keeping the population fed and sustained. Rats can be a serious risk to health, especially to children. They can destroy and contaminate food stores and carry many forms...
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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....
  • Forum Thread: Fussy birds?

    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...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RATS!

    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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Reply: Re: A little problem

    Hi Am, welcome to the community forum - you may be able to find the answer (or at least some helpful ideas) on this thread - http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/forums/p/4033/29129.aspx#29129 I hope that helps, all the best LRB
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Reply: 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
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Thread: Single Mums!

    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...
  • Forum Thread: Hello from malvern Wells worcs why wont the goldfinches visit me?

    Hi . my name Sharon. I live in Malvern worcestershire just want to meet up with others interested in wildlife. any local watering hole set up or meetings?got feeders in my garden. Tried niger seed as advised to attract goldfinches but no luck,
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Thread: Goldfinches

    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 ?
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: Rat-proof bird feeder? Help please!!

    Hello all, This is my first post, but I really need some help if anyone can provide any! Last winter I was unfortunate enough to have rats in my home for the first time - a thoroughly unpleasant experience. Although the advice from the pest controllers was to stop feeding the birds, I was very...
  • Forum Reply: 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...
  • Forum Reply: 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...