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During the last couple of years, I have become quite a 'bird' fan. Whilst I wouldn't consider myself to be a bird expert, I do enjoy watching the birds on the feeders in my garden and trying to identify what the different birds are. When I discovered this Singing Bird Clock selling for £19.99 at a nearby RSPB shop a few months ago, I couldn't resist buying it as I thought that it was so cute.
The clock itself has an interesting design. The clock face itself features twelve different birds, each one for the different hour. Such birds include the Blue Tit, Tawny Owl and Robin. It is a very unique design and it's not just a 'normal old' clock either. No, it sings; so depending on whichever hour it is, a different bird sings which I think is clever. I also find that it is a good way of teaching you what each of the birds sound like as for example for 1 o' clock there is a Chaffinch picture and so when it is 1 o clock the clock rings out a Chaffinch sound. What's great is the fact that the sounds are actually 'real bird sounds' which have been recorded and so are not fake - so that's really good.
One good thing about the clock is that you don't have to worry about it waking you up in the middle of the night (we have ours in the kitchen anyway, so you can't really hear it upstairs) - although cleverly, the clock has a sensor on it so it knows when it's 'dark' and so doesn't ring. So it's good that it doesn't wake you up. I do find that I jump sometimes when the clock rings (as I forget about it - haha) - although there is an option to turn off the sound if you like. Although, to be honest, I don't find the constant 'tweets' on the hour to be annoying - in fact there is something quite cheerful about hearing the birds tweet every hour.
I love this little clock; there is something quite 'happy' about it and it makes me smile when it rings. It has also taught me which sounds the different birds featured on the clock make and so I would say that it is educational for those who are just starting out 'learning the birds' - although it's also a lovely clock for those who are bird experts too. They also make a lovely gift.
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I bought one of these clocks for my Dad earlier in the year as he loves birds. He has large patio doors in his living room which look out over his garden and he has a bird table and feeds the birds through out the year. When I saw these clocks advertised in a magazine I thought it would be ideal for him as his old clock he had on the wall was going really slow and he kept having to change the time.
The clock cost me about £20 at the time, I sent off for it but can't remember where from, they sell them now on Amazon for £23. When you buy the clock 50p of the price is donated to RSPB charity.
The clock is the normal size of your average wall clock (8 inches), and it has a green frame to it. On the dial it has the hours marked by pictures of birds instead of numbers. The birds you get on it are robin, tawny owl, wren, song thrush, blackbird, chaffinch, great tit, spotted woodpecker, nightingale, cuckoo, barn owl and blue tit.
When the time gets to the hour depending on what hour it is the clock plays the bird song of that particular bird. My Dad thought this was very novel and he soon learned to tell what bird was singing by what the time was. If the kids are there he makes a big deal of it when the hour is coming up telling them all to listen. The kids think it is really clever, especially the tiny ones who think there are actual birds in the back of the clock!
The good thing about the clock is that it has a sensor in it like you get on the lights that switch on when it gets dark, but this does the opposite, it turns off the bird song when it gets dark so you don't have it going all night long.
The birdsong does sound pretty good really considering its just coming from a clock and the speaker would not be very big. If you are not taking notice of the time it really catches your attention when it goes off but is not annoying at all.
The clock takes three batteries, size AA and they seem to last quite a long time.
I would recommend this clock if you are trying to think of something for a present for Christmas if the person likes birds and bird song.
Two years ago we received a quirky but fun clock for Christmas. My fiancé had grown up with a similar version in his parent's kitchen and had always liked it. I on the other hand wasn't too sure of it. Nevertheless it was a gift for us both and my fiancé was frilled by it. As we have a small house it ended up taking pride of place by the television. Two years on and I will admit it has grown on me, maybe not one I would choose again if it broke but I don't tend to have an accident with it!
The style of the clock isn't the quirky thing about this clock although I will admit it won't be to everyone's taste. It's the fact every hour a bird sounds; there is a different bird for each hour. The frame of the clock is a nice shade of green with the face of the clock white with a picture of a different type of bird at each hour and the name written underneath it. The clock has the usual three hands hour, minutes and seconds all in black.
The twelve birds on the clock are starting at 12 Tawny Owl, moving onto 1 Chaffinch followed by a Cuckoo, Great Tit, Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Barn Owl, Wren, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Nightingale and last at 11 a robin. I like the fact we have an owl at the hour and at the half hour. This follows a pattern with a Blue Tit at quarter past and a Great Tit at quarter to. I will admit even after two years I am still useless I still can't tell a bird from its sound unlike my fiancé who knows them all. Both my little boys love the clock and my eldest now knows when the bird sounds it is on the hour.
On opening our clock we soon realised that the clock wasn't set up to the right noises at the right time. It is easily put right by a button on the back of the clock. You can match the bird sound to the right time. There are instructions with the clock to help you with this.
Now you think the noise of a bird going off every hour would be a little irritating but I promise after a week you hardly ever notice it going off aless you are waiting to hear it. The sound of the birds is loud enough to hear but not too loud it puts you off your television. It also has a light sensor so when it detects dark the sound is deactivated.
I have found the clock has been many a conversation with family and friends. When we have someone new to the house they always want to hear it go off at the hour. It has on one occasion made a friend of my brother's jump when he heard it and did confuse my sister in laws boyfriend as well. So it is definitely more than just a clock a conversation point to!
The clock is a nice size and not one that would take over your room as a feature. It has a diameter of eight inches. The clock can be wall mounted or like us you could have it sat on something as it come with a little piece to clip in the bottom to make it stand up. We prefer to not have it on the wall but my father in law has it on his kitchen wall. It is a battery powered clock taking three AA's .
At £24 I think it is reasonable priced for a funky clock. It would make a great quirky present, its fun and particle especially for people who love birds and something a bit rustic! For me personally I like it but I wouldn't say it is for everyone.
My parents were given this a few years ago as a Christmas present by a friend who thought they'd enjoy it as they live in the countryside. Every time i went to there house i wanted to smash it into lot of small pieces. It's so annoying!!!
Your just having a peaceful meal or watching a film when this annoying sound emits from the clock on the wall, the first time it went of I jumped out of my skin, not knowing what it was. At first it was o.k but as the novelty wore off it got more and more annoying. I really don't know how my parents lived with it, the only reason they had it up was in case the friend who brought it came over and ask were it was. Luckily they have moved house and was mysteriously broken into lots of piece during the move!
Appearance & sound
For starters, the clock casing is a garish green colour ( it's a different colour from the picture with the product but still the same product.) It wouldn't look goo in any kitchen, dining area or anywhere else. It just sticks out like a sore thumb.
However I do have to say that the detail of the bird design is particularly good, if it didn't have the horrible clock casing and incredibly annoying sounds it would be a very nice, aesthetically pleasing clock.
The bird-songs that play at every hour, as previously stated, are probably the most annoying thing every, (this might just be because I don't know bird-songs) but they are all more or less the same with the exception of the owls. They are not pleasant to here, with most of them being screeches and they are most definitely not relaxing in any way, shape or form.
Ease of Use & Reliability
Along with it being immensely annoying. This bird-songs are even in time with the hours ( owls playing when the clock hand points at blue tit.) It isn't even easy to change this as it include turning clock handles and cogs while pressing buttons. A friend , who also found it annoying, once tried to change it so the bird-songs would play in time and after 15mins it did work. However by the end of the week the clock had un-synced itself and was playing wrong again. I don't know how this happened but it was yet again very annoying, not easy to use and un-reliable.
The only part that actually works and is easy to use is changing the time and the actual clock works well and efficiently
Overall, I hate this clock. I know hate is a strong word and that's why I'm using it now! This clock is not very easy to use and un-reliable, it has a garish green cover and the sound is incredibly annoying! I would strongly recommend everyone not to buy this unless you enjoy bad quality birdsong throughout the day. I don't know why anyone would want this product
This clock was bought for me by a friend who knows that I like to listen to the birds outside without necessarily having to leave the house. At the time when I was given this I had pretty bad agrophobia which meant I found it hard to go outside and so having a clock like this was a real bonus because it helped me with being able to still hear the sounds of nature without having to step out of the home. In this sense, this clock was absolutely ideal.
It came in a green and white box with images of birds on it and to begin with I must admit I was rather sceptical of it because I thought it would just get on my nerves more than anything and just make things worse. It seemed far to big to be any sort of clock I would ever have bought for myself and I found it almost impossible to get my head round the idea of letting such a thing have a place anywhere in my home.
I took it out of the box and to be honest it still seemed a little on the large side but luckily it wasn't too bad when it was actually up on the wall. The clock itself has a green border and a white centre with little images of birds at the 12 numbers on the clock. This makes it a bit different to any other clock I've ever had because I tend to just get plain ones with numbers and nothing else so I was a bit uncertain about where to put it again because of that. It was about 20cm wide by 20cm tall and probably about 5cm deep so it was quite a substantial thing. It stood out on the wall when I eventually decided where to put it but after a while I must admit it did grow on me.
The birds sing every hour on the hour provided that the light sensor senses there is light in the room. If there isn't any light then it doesn't make a sound which I thought was definitely a really good idea because it would be a bit weird to hear bird song at 3am, especially inside the house.
The birds that are on the clock are:
Greater Spotted Wood Pecker
This starts at 12 o'clock with the Tawny Owl and then works its way down the bird list until 11 o'clock.
Overall I love this clock still but unfortunately it fell off the wall a year or so ago and broke. I was planning on replacing it but as I wish to move home in the next 6 months I was hoping to move first and then buy the clock. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes bird song though! I know you shouldn't look up the price of presents but as I want to buy another one since the last one broke, I have since looked up the price. They're usually around £20 but you can get them cheaper in some places if you're willing to search for them.
I bought this clock at least 8 years ago for my bedroom at my parents, since then I have moved 3 times and in every flat it has had pride of place, I love it.
Every guest that walks into my flat on the hour stops short and starts looking around. I explain with pride how it's my clock. On the hour every hour it sings to the flat, a different bird for every one of the 12 hours. It's a great conversation starter.
The clock is very easy to read from a distance and therefore functions very well as a clock itself. The birds are beautifully painted on and named, any discussions about which bird that was can quickly be answered by a glance at the clock. I like the dark green rim and it my flat it's a great contrast to the wall, it also clearly makes the birds stand out, for a very simple design it's very attractive as well as functional.
As I've stated, every hour the clock sings a different bird. These sounds are amazing life like (coming from limited experience as a Londoner!!) but I would often get confused by the blackbirds singing outside thinking it was 8 and wondering how time had flown!!
The clock is loud, when it goes off I can hear it throughout the flat. However, it has a light sensor built in that works very well, The volume of the birds depends on how much light is hitting it and this is varying degrees. Throughout the night it won't sing at all, in my first room it would sing very quietly in the morning but I have never been woken up by it. I enjoy tricking it sometimes to, the light sensor is immediate so if the light is on in a room, it starts singing and then you turn it off, it will immediately stop or go quiet. I think this feature works very well.
I have never had problems with ticking clocks keeping me awake so this wasn't a problem for me, however, I have been assured by guests that it isn't so loud to keep them awake. So this is also good.
The clock has 3 AA batteries controlling it, two are exclusively for the birds and one for the time. When you change the time or batteries you have to be careful to realign the sound with the correct picture, but this is fairly easy to do as the 12 is very distinctive even for a Londoner and you just keep pressing for each hour. Alternatively if you are just changing the time ensure that you always go forwards and the sound will go off every time the hands go past the hour.
The price of this clock was very good, at the time I was also delighted because it was a cheap clock and great fun. I still believe it's excellent value for money and as I've said I've used it for many years.
If you're worried about it annoying you it is very easy to adjust to, the sound doesn't jar and is quite short. I don't believe this is an issue at all.
Overall I think this is a great clock, if you're looking for something a bit different, or like knowing when the hour has passed this is the clock for you. It lasts for years, is good value for money and is certainly a talking point with great sounds. Enjoy!!
I purchased this clock about ten years ago shortly after my hubby and I got onto the property ladder. I wanted a clock for the lounge and fancied this one as I like birds and wanted something a bit different. It has been in pride of place above our mantelpiece ever since.
The clock plays a different bird song every hour which has sometimes surprised visitors a bit but once we explain what it is they are generally quite interested. The audible birdsongs not only sound good but can help to prevent us from losing track of time. A light sensor prevents the birds from chirping in the dark although guests sleeping in the lounge have sometimes had to cover the clock during the summer months. It is possible to shut up the birds by removing their battery without affecting the running of the clock (and I think they may even have an off button) but we've never actually done this.
Turning the clock back in the autumn can put the birds out of sync so I tend to wind it 11 hours forward and give each bird time to chirp before winding the clock onto the next hour. There is also a button that can be pressed though to get the birds back into sync if you know which is which - the 12 o'clock tawny owl and 2 o'clock cuckoo are unmistakeable.
When we thought that the clock was about to pack up recently I was keen to find another one like it. Luckily the sickly sounding birds were cured by a new battery.
Zeon / Clock with bird images that plays a different bird song every hour.