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  • Blog Post: Winter feeding – let them eat cake (well... bird cake)!

    We should all be busy filling our feeders regularly now, but this year has been unusual and particularly mild for a long time, resulting in plenty of natural food for birds and other animals to feed on. Their instinct is to use this natural food source over the supplementary food we put out for them...
  • 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...
  • Media: A hungry young Dipper

    A noisy young Dipper getting fed to keep him quite
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: eating locusts

    Last week I was in the closest thing Europe has to a desert. This already feels like a distant memory, but being hit in the face by a relative of this guy - the desert locust - was not a forgettable experience. This image wasn’t taken in the desert but in Norfolk! Given that these creatures...
  • 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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