Easy Instructions for Resetting a Singing Bird Clock

Easy Instructions for Resetting a Singing Bird Clock

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

How to Reset a Singing Bird Clock

  1. Remove the old batteries from the back of the clock.
  2. Set the time on the clock to 11:50 (10 minutes to 12:00). (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.

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

Questions & Answers

Question: The birds in my clock aren't singing at all.

Did you replace the batteries and reset according to the instructions?

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

Question: My singing bird clock will not sing. I have done the reset procedures several times to no avail. Is there something else I can do to bring back the songs?

Answer: Make sure the batteries are good (work in something else) and make sure you try setting it at both 11:50 and 5:50 to see if it'll work again. Do you get any sounds when the back red button is push to demo the birds?

Question: What is the red button on the back of a singing bird clock for and how do you use it?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

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

Answer: 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.

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

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

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

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

Question: The sound coming from my singing bird clock are very soft despite resetting and putting in fresh batteries. Is it possible to turn the volume up?

Answer: I don't think so, usually, they come preset by the factory. Might be worth asking at a clock repair shop in your community(or calling the manufacturer of your clock) to ask them if the volume can be increased on your model.

Question: What causes my singing bird clock to gain time? I have taken the batteries out, and reset it per your directions, but it still gains time every day, sometimes up to an hour.

Answer: That sounds like it is the actual clock mechanism that is bad. It might be time to replace the mechanism in the back of the clock.

Question: I don't want my bird vlock to make any sounds at all, what can I do?

Answer: Take out the battery that sounds the bird sounds, that's the easiest way do this.

Question: How do I turn off bird songs for my singing bird clock?

Answer: The easiest way to turn them off is to remove the one battery that controls the bird sounds.

Question: I got it without batteries. I set my singing bird clock for 11:50, put in new batteries, and set the time. Why can I barely hear birds from my singing clock?

Answer: Is something obstructing your speaker on the clock? Listen to the clock and try to find the speaker hole and make sure nothing is blocking the hole and muting the sound.

Question: One half of my singing bird clock has lost its volume. Can I reset it, if so how?

Answer: Pulling out all of the batteries should reset it back to day 1.

Question: Does a 24 hr bird clock preset at 5:50 or 11:50?

Answer: Depending upon the Model you have it can be either. Try the 11:50 first and if that does not work the 5:50 should. You'll know as soon as you try one.

Question: How do I reset the time on my singing bird clock?

Answer: Use the wheel/knob on the back of the clock.

Question: I broke the glass accidentally on my singing bird clock, where can I get a replacement?

Answer: Find the manufacture on the back of the clock and do an internet search and ask them. Or, bring it to a glass shop.

hollander (author) on July 06, 2020:

Hello David,

Sounds like a problem in the clock mechanism itself. You might need to replace the clock mechanism or take it to a repair shop and see if they can re-calibrate it for you.

hollander (author) on July 06, 2020:

Sounds like it is not calibrated correctly in the clock mechanism. You might need to replace the clock mechanism or have it checked at a repair shop.

David Carey on July 06, 2020:

Why is my singing bird clock gaining about 3 minutes every day? I have tried changing the batteries and resetting everything but i still have the same problem. 3 minutes might not seem a lot but this morning it was about 10 minutes fast and it's a pain in the neck having to set it back every day. what is the problem?

hollander (author) on June 09, 2020:


Do you know how to turn up the volume?

Most clocks do Not have a volume control. If you have a model that does, it will be on the back.

If not, here are a couple of things to try:

1. Make sure nothing is muting or blocking the speaker hole (take the clock of the wall) and press the button on the back of the clock to activate the bird sounds. Listen for where the sound is coming from. Make sure that the speaker hole is not obstructed.

2. The battery that activates the bird sounds could be low and needs changing. Try a new battery and see if that helps.

3. Or Maybe the speaker is defective and needs to be replaced.

Hope one of these helps.

hollander (author) on May 11, 2020:

Hello Mitte,

Sorry I'm a little late on the response, we had some issues here that consumed our full attention. Without being able to see the clock, it almost sounds like the connection on the second hand arm on the clock might be loose and needs to be tightened. Or, something could be jammed causing it not to move.

Mittie on May 06, 2020:

My second hand does not function; please, what can be the problem.

Batteries are changed; followed the steps printed on the back of my clock.

hollander (author) on November 11, 2019:

Hi [email protected],

Some have a s/f adjustment on the back that you can increase or decrease the speed. See if there is a s/f lever on the back. If not, how old is this and when did you notice this? Cleaning the back mechanism sometimes help re-sync them back to their factory setting.,

hollander (author) on November 11, 2019:

Hi [email protected],

Some have a s/f adjustment on the back that you can increase or decrease the speed. If not, how old is this and when did you notice this? Cleaning the back mechanism sometimes help re-sync them back to their factory setting.,

hollander (author) on November 11, 2019:

Thanks, Glad this helped.

Newk on November 11, 2019:

After following your instructions, the birds are singing again!

[email protected] on November 11, 2019:

I have the National Audubon Society 13” Hourly Singing Bird Quartz Wall Clock , and it runs fast, I replaced the batteries, and it still runs fast, any suggestions?

hollander (author) on May 23, 2019:

Hello Carmen

Have you replaced the batteries, does that make a difference? Or, is there something blocking the sound holes and muting the speaker?

Please try both and see if that helps.

Carmen scillia on May 22, 2019:

The sound. Very. Low

hollander (author) on April 21, 2019:

Hello Mary,

2 easy ways to stop the birds from signing:

1. cover the sensor so it doesn't receive light


2. Find which1 battery(the clock should have 3) controls the bird sounds and remove only that battery. The time will still function with the other 2 batteries.

Mary on April 21, 2019:

How turn off sound so birds don't sing?

Christina on February 02, 2019:

Hah! We got it figured out - the bird clock by ZEON has a 24 hour cycle and you need to be sure that you hit the right cycle, otherwise you turn day and night around and the birds won't sing in the afternoon. It means that when resetting the clock after the 5:50 preset you must pay attention to whether the bird pipes up after passing 11:00 or not. If it does, you're in the day cycle. So, if you're setting in the afternoon, go around once more and you end up with the coming night cycle. Confusing, eh?? We almost gave up ;)

Thanks for "listening", it helped make us think harder!

hollander (author) on February 02, 2019:

Hi Christina,

Never ran across this problem before. I think I would try to look up the company (look at the back of the clock) on the internet and see if they have a Number or email that you can call/email for service/warranty questions and ask them. There has to be a simple way to reset that back to the correct 12 hour path. Hope you can get this back in sync.

Christina on February 01, 2019:

Thanks you, Hollander, have tried a reset, but no go. This watch doesn't have a light sensor but switches off automatically from 11pm - 6am. I think the problem is that it does the nighttime action during the day and vice versa.. thus in the night we would have bird calls if we chose not to turn them off but no birds from 11am - 6pm. Any idea how to get him on the right track? Maybe resetting the system in the middle of the night??

hollander (author) on January 31, 2019:

Hello Christina,

I would try taking the batteries out and reset it as these directions explain and see if that helps. Hopefully that will reset it back to the factory specs. If not, it's probably why it was at the flee market. I hope the reset will work for you.

Christina on January 31, 2019:

Hi there , I've got almost the same clock - got it at a flea market - but unfortunately, I only get bird calls for some hours... Blackbird on six o'clock works, Chaffinch at one o'clock doesn't. About half of them don't sing for me :((

Anything I could do??

hollander (author) on January 21, 2019:

I would ask a Clock repair shop binging in the old non-working one.

Faith on January 20, 2019:

What clock movement should I buy if the hands are not mov?

Jonathan ac on December 10, 2018:

If you put the clock sensor on the light

hollander (author) on November 27, 2018:

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.

hollander on November 12, 2018:

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.)

linda a feezor on November 11, 2018:

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.

hollander (author) on October 11, 2018:

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

Margaret Nagle on October 11, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on October 06, 2018:

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?

Margaret Nagle on October 06, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on August 12, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on August 11, 2018:

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.

Sarah Atcheson on August 11, 2018:

What is the red button in the back for?

Andrew Ediger on July 02, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on March 26, 2018:

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.

nancy on March 25, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on January 14, 2018:

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.

Joan Price on January 14, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on January 04, 2018:


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?

Autumn on January 02, 2018:

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

hollander (author) on December 23, 2017:

Hello Tom,

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

tom donoghue on December 22, 2017:

how do I increase the volume ?

hollander (author) on November 15, 2017:


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

jeana wood on November 15, 2017:

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

hollander (author) on November 06, 2017:

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

Claire on November 06, 2017:

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

hollander (author) on November 05, 2017:


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

[email protected] on November 05, 2017:

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

Gail on November 05, 2017:

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

heidi on October 16, 2017:

thanks this fixed the clock appreciate it

hollander (author) on September 27, 2017:

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.

Surfer Roy on September 26, 2017:

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?

hollander (author) on June 27, 2017:

Hi Micheal,

Best to check with a Clock repair store for that .

michael rayo on June 27, 2017:

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

hollander (author) on June 10, 2017:

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.

hollander on June 10, 2017:

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.

Dawn on June 06, 2017:

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

hollander (author) on June 01, 2017:

Thanks, glad to help.

[email protected] on May 31, 2017:

thank you very much thank you

John on March 15, 2017:

Thanks so much, glad I could help

Sallie Randall on March 15, 2017:

Thanks so much for this!

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