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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: Seagull!!

    My partner is a chimney sweep & has taken a baby seagull out of a chimney today. It is little!! The nest is not accessable & the property has 4 cats. There are no abbandoned nests nearby to leave the chick in for the parents to feed it. So what are we going to have to feed it! I am sure that...
  • Forum Thread: Starlings have decended

    I just a huge flock of Starlings descend on my feeder this week and I managed to get a few snaps of them. I think they're great birds, I love the oil slick look they have... very hungry birds most of the time though, its a good job I keep a good supply of food to top up for the other birds after...
  • Forum Thread: Swifts

    Last night, we were treated to a glorious display of swifts at sunset. Wondering what could be be the reason, we noticed junebugs (the first time since all the rain) swarming near a big tree nearby. This was the evening feast of the swifts, I think, as we had not seen any since last year. I...
  • Forum Thread: House sparrows

    I know that in general the numbers of these beautiful little birds are in a decline, but in my back garden the numbers have really increased this year. There seemed to have been new broods every month from May until the start of September, one day there were approximately 40 sparrows in the garden...
  • Forum Thread: Urban explorer seeks advice with Id of bird

    Coulldnt attach this photo to the other thread so have started a new post.
  • Blog Post: Helping birds through rough weather - the Wildlife teams top tips!

    The forecast is looking pretty grim for much of the UK over the next few day's at least, some parts have already been taking a pummelling. Heres a few of the questions we are getting asked at the moment and our answers, we hope this will help you help your garden birds through the worst of it! ...
  • Blog Post: June update from Wildlife Enquiries

    June is typically our busiest time and this year has been no different! What with Springwatch, crazy weather and some crazy government ideas (yes I am referring to Buzzard-gate !) we've had loads to deal with on top of the normal workload. Here are just a few of the hot topics we've been handling...
  • Blog Post: Some do’s and don’ts on feeding our feathered friends

    It’s been a tough winter and spring for the wildlife in our gardens. In Wildlife Enquiries, we get a number of calls and emails asking for advice on feeding the birds, the right type of feeders, what to feed and when. Some people think that they should only feed the birds through the winter...
  • 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: 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: ** 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 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: Communal garden, feeders and pigeons

    Hello! I hope you guys are well and are able to help us. We have been feeding birds for the last couple of years in our communal garden. Not only do we get immense pleasure, we have also seen a rise in the local bird population. We now have a lovely flock of starlings and we often see Woodpeckers...
  • Forum Thread: Feeding Advice

    First post and I'm already after some advice! We live in Fife and we've had feeders in our garden for over a year now, with separate feeders with fat balls, buggy bites and sunflower hearts. We get a varity of birds visiting, the usual ones being (a huge) group of House Sparrows, Starlings...
  • Forum Thread: Long Tailed Tit stuck in feeder

    Hello, I have been using one of the square suet feeders that you put the blocks in. I noticed this morning that birds were flying up to it and departing quickly in a rather startled manner. On investigation I was astonished to find a Long Tailed Tit stuck inside the feeder (right at the bottom) with...