Easy Instructions for Resetting a Singing Bird Clock

Updated on November 10, 2018
Audubon singing bird clock.
Audubon singing bird clock.

Do you have a singing bird clock from the National Audubon Society, and the bird on the hour is not the correct one singing? Frustrating, right?

I see the robin on the hour, but hear a blue jay instead. Those little birds always go out of sync whenever I change those batteries. Batteries never last forever, and I always run into this problem. How do I fix this again? Well, there is a simple way to get the birds back in sync with the correct time.

Here are five simple steps to fix this problem:

  1. Remove the old batteries from the back of the clock.
  2. Set the time on the clock to 11:50 (10 minutes to twelve). (Note: Some that are RSPB clocks set at 5:50, not 11:50.)
  3. Insert the new batteries into the back of the clock.
  4. Set the correct time.
  5. Your birds should now be back in sync with the correct bird singing as pictured by the time.

Remember: Every time you change or remove the batteries, you'll need to redo the five simple steps above.

Questions & Answers

  • The birds in my clock aren't singing at all. Did you replace the batteries and reset according to the instructions?

    Did you replace the batteries and reset according to the instructions? The batteries for the signing is different than that of the clock.

  • Does this singing bird clock chime 24 hrs a day or only 12 hrs?

    Hello, these chime 24 hours a day but have a sensor on them so if the room is dark it will not sound. If the room is light(light left on at night) it will sound 24 hours.

  • Does the signing bird clock need all three batteries for the birds to sing?

    Two batteries control the time and sensor, and the third is for the birds to sing.

  • Why does the second hand stop moving at 12 on my bird clock?

    It sounds like there is something blocking the hand from moving past that.

  • I have an Audubon clock that chimes 15 minutes before the hour. To correct this, I replaced the clock mechanism, and the clock time is accurate. What could be causing this?

    What I would do is as soon as the bird sings move the hands on the clock 15 minutes fast, unplug the battery that controls the time, and then 15 minutes later put it back in. See if that corrects it again.

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      Jonathan ac 

      106 minutes ago

      If you put the clock sensor on the light

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      hollander 

      12 days ago

      Hello Lucy,

      Tha's what it sounds like. If you put new batteries (and you know they work in something else) and it still does not work, then most likely a new clock movement control is probably needed.

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      hollander 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Linda,

      There are a couple of different kinds of this clock, so I can't tell for sure. Did you also try to set it at 5:50 too and see if that will work?

      (per - an RSPB clock. You set it at 5.50 not 11.50 then put back the batteries.)

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      linda a feezor 

      4 weeks ago

      I had to replace the movement on my bird clock and it keeps time but the birds woon't sing at all, for any time. I did the instructions for getting the correct bird to sing at the right hour but there is absolutely no bird noise at any time, only when I push the red button on the back. Do I need a specific movement ? I just bought one from the craft store. There are no visible wires that I need to connect to the movement so I thought any kind would work. It tells time fine but no bird sounds.

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      hollander 

      8 weeks ago

      Sorry, I'm really not sure without seeing it. You might have to have someone look at that.

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      Margaret Nagle 

      2 months ago

      there is no sensor in my clock so now what is the problem it sings for three days by resetting it and then it stops singing very annoying

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      hollander 

      2 months ago

      If it is only sometimes, could it be in an area that does not get enough light and the clock will not sing because the sensor does not sense enough light in the room?

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      Margaret Nagle 

      2 months ago

      I have a quartz singing bird clock and sometimes the birds just wont sing i have reset it and changed the batteries what am i doing wrong

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      hollander 

      4 months ago

      Should be a demo of all the bird sounds when pressed.i

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      hollander 

      4 months ago

      Hi Sarah,

      The red button on the back should cycle through all of the bird calls when held down. It is used to demo (hear) all the bird sounds.

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      Sarah Atcheson 

      4 months ago

      What is the red button in the back for?

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      Andrew Ediger 

      5 months ago

      Thanks. And my girl friend's day says thanks too.

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      hollander 

      8 months ago

      Hi Nancy,

      Stemwinder - I think a clock repair shop should have a part that could replace that for a reasonable price. I'd bring it into one if you have one near you.

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      nancy 

      8 months ago

      The stemwinder fell out and disappeared. Any suggestions? thanks.

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      hollander 

      11 months ago

      Hello Joan,

      An RSPB clock is a Bird clock made for:

      The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity in England and Wales.

      It has the RSPB Logo on the face of the clock.

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      Joan Price 

      11 months ago

      What does RSPB mean and how do I know if mine is that?

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      hollander 

      11 months ago

      Autumn,

      They have a sensor on the front to turn off the singing at night when it is in darkness. Is the sensor blocked or is there some light in that room at night?

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      Autumn 

      11 months ago

      My bird clock sings at night. How do I get it to stop?

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      hollander 

      11 months ago

      Hello Tom,

      I'm not aware of a way to increase the volume. Sometimes a fresh battery will help that.

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      tom donoghue 

      11 months ago

      how do I increase the volume ?

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      hollander 

      13 months ago

      Hi,

      Some clocks need to be set at 5:50 instead of 11:50. Did you try starting over using 5:50?

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      jeana wood 

      13 months ago

      i cant get my clock to make bird sounds they do work if i press button in the back any tips will help

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      hollander 

      13 months ago

      Thanks Claire, glad to hear you got yours working again, I added the note about the RSPB set at 5:50 Not 11:50

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      Claire 

      13 months ago

      All sorted. It's an RSPB clock. You set it at 5.50 not 11.50 then put back the batteries. All correct now.

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      hollander 

      13 months ago

      Claire,

      Is it possible that your battery for the Bird sound is bad or loose? Can you replace that and see if that fixes it.

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      claireharland@btconnect.com 

      13 months ago

      Our clock has gone 6 hours out of bird song having followed the above instructions, it was correct before we changed the hour last weekend. Any suggestions? We don't have any "red button" to press either

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      Gail 

      13 months ago

      My bird clock only sings when the hands are turned backwards. Why is that and how can I get that fixed?

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      heidi 

      14 months ago

      thanks this fixed the clock appreciate it

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      hollander 

      14 months ago

      Hi Roy the 2nd Battery controls the sound. If it still doesn't work after the battery change, I wonder if the mechanism controlling the sound to the speaker is bad. Can you see if the wires are still connected on the Battery leads. Otherwise, it almost seems like it might be time for a new one.

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      Surfer Roy 

      14 months ago

      I have the Audubon clock as shown above. I have been so happy with it, however, I no longer get the bird sounds. I have changed batteries a couple of times, re-started as stated with 11:50, add batteries, then turn to correct time, stopping at each hour.

      what can I do to see if this clock is still working, or do I need to purchase another one?

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      hollander 

      17 months ago

      Hi Micheal,

      Best to check with a Clock repair store for that .

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      michael rayo 

      17 months ago

      I am looking for clock battery mechemanic that holds the battery and the hands for the clock

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      hollander 

      18 months ago

      Hello Dawn,

      Sorry to get back to you late, I was out of town. 'Hands on your clock jumps" - Not sure on that, have you asked a clock repair person?

      Sorry, I'm not much of a help with that question.

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      hollander 

      18 months ago

      Hello Dawn,

      Sorry to get back to you late, I was out of town. 'Hands on your clock jumps" - Not sure on that, have you asked a clock repair person?

      Sorry, I'm not much of a help with that question.

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      Dawn 

      18 months ago

      The hands on my clock jump. Can this be fixed. I put in fresh batteries

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      hollander 

      18 months ago

      Thanks, glad to help.

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      chippey@talktalk.net 

      18 months ago

      thank you very much thank you

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      John 

      21 months ago

      Thanks so much, glad I could help

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      Sallie Randall 

      21 months ago

      Thanks so much for this!

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