Birds in Eaves


just wondering what I might have nesting in my eaves?

every evening for the last 3 weeks we’ve heard a flapping / scratching noise around 10 at night until early morning around 5am it’s not a constant noise but it does wake you up every now & then.

Be grateful on any understanding of what this is?

Thanks Jonathan

  • Definitely flapping? I am fairly sure I heard the tell tale noise of a mouse this morning……first noise of the ‘Winter’.

    If it definitely is birds, they would be roosting at this time of year, not nesting, unless they are pigeons…….pigeons could be either roosting or nesting, 

  • I suppose Starlings wouldbe the most likely candidate but they will not be nesting at this time of year but couldbe roosting in your roof space


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  • In reply to Seaman:

    Wouldn’t the starlings be migrating soon?
  • In reply to nicholsonj:

    Starlings are resident in the UK, in fact numbers increase in winter as continental birds migrate to UK when their winters are bad.


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  • In reply to nicholsonj:

    nicholsonj said:
    Wouldn’t the starlings be migrating soon?

    UK Starlings are largely resident as far as I know. However, their numbers are bolstered in winter by inward migration from the colder parts of Europe.

    I would have thought that House Sparrows are also potential suspects for roosting in the eaves of your house if they can get in.



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  • I agree if it is a bird, house sparrows are more likely. Re starlings, I think J Nicholson was referring to murmurations and communal roosts away from breeding sites.

  • I'm no expert and happy to be corrected, but 10pm (22:00hrs) seems late in the day for roosting unless there's light in the loft. Sunset is around 18:00hrs (6pm) depending where you are in the UK.

    I'd be tempted to suggest scratching noise and possible rodent(s)

    Sunrise/sunset times here are currently

    Sunrise 07:36hrs

    Sunset 18:03hrs


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  • Yes, I too reckoned it was a mouse as it was the same 24hrs when we had our first mouse noise of the season.