An ornithologist believes the unseasonably mild weather is causing common birds to snub our gardens.
Richard James, RSPB wildlife adviser, said: “We are receiving endless calls from people who are worried that they are somehow responsible for the lack of garden birds at the moment.
“Many can’t understand why feeders aren’t being visited, despite being full of high-energy foods, which are usually in high demand by December.
“The answer is almost certainly down to the unusually mild weather we’re experiencing at the moment.
“Birds will still be able to get hold of natural food in the wider countryside so haven’t had to call upon us humans for help just yet. But that could all change very quickly if the weather turns and temperatures drop.”