The RSPB’s Feed the Birds Day takes place on Saturday 29 October 2011.
This special day reminds us about all the things we can do to help birds and other garden wildlife through the winter. This year, we're running lots of Feed the Birds Day events across the UK, both on the day and in the weeks leading up to it. We hope you can come along to one of our events.
Birds really need your help as the clocks go back and the nights draw in. This year we’re asking you to ‘Come Dine with the Birds’ and host your own wildlife garden party.
Song: "Merry go"
by Kevin MacLeod
In August, 16 white-tailed sea eagles took to the skies, as a successful reintroduction programme entered its penultimate year.
The birds, released from a secret location in Fife, arrived from Norway in June as part of the East Scotland Sea Eagle project, a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.
Upon their arrival, they were reared in specially built aviaries on a diet of grey squirrel, roe deer and haddock, until they were old enough to fledge.
The young eagles have now joined Scotland’s growing white-tailed eagle population and are helping restore the species to its former range. Since the reintroduction initiative began in 2007, a total of 80 birds have been released in the east coast of the country.
With a wing span of 8ft, the white-tailed sea eagle is the UK’s largest bird of prey. It was completely wiped out in Britain in the early 20th century and only returned when a reintroduction programme began on the island of Rum in 1975, aimed at bring these majestic raptors back to Scotland’s skies.