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Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 17:41 UK time, Monday, 25 May 2009

Thanks so much for all the videos, stories and photos you've sent in to our quest to find Britain's strangest nesting site.

Update 4 June 2009
I think we've now found the strangest. Below is a collection of my favourite three. Watch with wonder...

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Ever since we first asked we've been inundated with your stories of Britain's barmiest nests/ You've been showing us them on the Springwatch Flickr group, the video gallery and right here.

If you're pushed for time and can't read all the 482 replies (at time of posting), here's a few of my other favourites.

- A pigeon nest in a large green monster's mouth at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
- Blue tits nesting in a raising railway barrier
- On the track of the Jacobite steam train line in Mallaig Station; and unbelievably
- in a carwash in Margate

A few of my Flickr favourites

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  • 1. At 8:42pm on 25 May 2009, Durhamike wrote:

    Not a bird's nest, but across from my flat in Edinburgh, there are a family of grey squirrels who've taken up residence in the building (a Methodist church and YMCA) across the street. They enter their drey through the air vents on the building.

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  • 2. At 8:46pm on 25 May 2009, ecowoody wrote:

    Bluetits nesting within a motorised gate. There is a small hole near the latch that they are getting in through. The gate opens and closes very many times during the day, but the adult I saw seemed unconcerned - I don't know how the babies feel.

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  • 3. At 8:47pm on 25 May 2009, Shlugh wrote:

    Loving the new series! This year, as in many previous years my mother has a nest of blue tits inside an old iron clothes pole in the back garden. The parent birds are not at all shy, and as long as we are quiet we can watch them come and go feeding the chicks. My 3 year old daughter is enthralled by them.

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  • 4. At 8:48pm on 25 May 2009, ronniemuso wrote:

    I seem to have a family of starlings IN a brick on the side wall of my house! They seem to have dug out some of the brick and are precariously nesting in it. I am glad to know the scrabbling I could hear in my bathroom was NOT mice but birds!

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  • 5. At 8:49pm on 25 May 2009, Danspudman wrote:

    We have a nest of Great Tits in the discharge chute of our PTO wood chipper!

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  • 6. At 8:49pm on 25 May 2009, greatcraigs wrote:

    We have a starling nesting for the second year in our bathroom extractor fan

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  • 7. At 8:49pm on 25 May 2009, Wilcox14 wrote:

    On leaving Mallaig station on the Jacobite steam train on 18th May there was a seagull sitting on 3 eggs in a nest 2 inches from the railway track. The seagull was very jumpy as the train was leaving but perhaps there are few enough trains for the nest to survive.

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  • 8. At 8:50pm on 25 May 2009, tigerbertie wrote:

    i went rowing yesterday, where i found there was a birds nest in the hull of the boat!

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  • 9. At 8:50pm on 25 May 2009, tuffer5552 wrote:

    There is a preserved railway in the south west which has blackbird nests in one of the diesel shunters...rusty bodywork being used well!

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  • 10. At 8:50pm on 25 May 2009, mum42dogs wrote:

    I work at a country lodge holiday park in south lincolnshire. In one of our country lodge gas bottle boxes we have ventilation holes where a mummy blue tit has made a plush nest on top of the gas bottle entirely made of twigs moss and 90% goose down (very plush) we have 7 babies and have seven babies that hatched out yesterday, we have a 72 acre woodlined park full of trees and lakes and she chooses here!! Hope we dont run out of gas for a few weeks.

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  • 11. At 8:50pm on 25 May 2009, Fstowegirl wrote:

    Blue tits have nested in the bumper of a horsebox at my in-laws livery stables. They are well travelled; before the owners realised they were there they went to a horse show 40 miles away in Essex!
    They are now hatched and thriving.

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  • 12. At 8:51pm on 25 May 2009, Jo Gedrych wrote:

    Not my nest, lots of people must have seen it. In Otter Nursery a garden centre in Ottery St Mary Devon a family of wrens have set up home at the base of a clump of climbing plants, in the middle of the sales area of the nursery. The staff have taped off the trolley on which the group of climbing plants are stored, but otherwise left it alone.

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  • 13. At 8:52pm on 25 May 2009, Wishwitch wrote:

    Nests in funny places.... we had a duck on a plant table in our garden center with people passing just inches away.. they all hatched and went to find water.
    Then we had a blackbird nesting on bags of rocks again with inches of people walking past.

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  • 14. At 8:52pm on 25 May 2009, tinsleyfamily wrote:

    A pair of robins built a nest in our peg bag! The chicks hatched whilst we were in Cornwall rock-pooling last week. The nest is right outside the french doors and we are watching the pair working extremely hard each evening, its a wonderful sight. We can hear the chicks chirping away everytime their parent pops in,lovely.
    Tinsley Family, Southport.

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  • 15. At 8:52pm on 25 May 2009, fastBazza1 wrote:

    Hi
    One of my clients who lives a few miles from me in Westerham Kent
    has Blue Tits currently nesting in an old pump mounted on an oak board
    on a wall in their courtyard.
    The "parents" are flying in and out of the spout with food for the chicks!
    It's just lovely to watch.
    They re-visit yearly.
    Barry.

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  • 16. At 8:53pm on 25 May 2009, jhbirding wrote:

    I survey my place of work for the BTO and was informed of a Pied Wagtail nest within a Nitrogen trolley used for Aircraft Servicing on an airbase. I had to tell the work area to stop its use and they have taped the area off. To continue servicing they had to bring another Nitrogen trolley up to continue servicing!

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  • 17. At 8:53pm on 25 May 2009, beddersblog wrote:

    There is a blackbird nesting inside the fire station at Alfreton, in the appliance room where they keep the fire engines.

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  • 18. At 8:54pm on 25 May 2009, jenmal wrote:

    I have a blackbird nesting(her eggs haven't hatched yet) in my clematis which is right next to my lounge patio door. This door is open and closed every day with family walking through it,lots of talking,tv noise and even a cat but nothing seems to bother her at all!

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  • 19. At 8:54pm on 25 May 2009, xkazax89 wrote:

    we have 2 nests in our garden
    1 in between the 2 walls of our wooden conservatory with coal or great tits nesting which flew the nest today
    the 2nd a robin with chicks which hatched sunday has nested in a tiny plant pot which is on its side

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  • 20. At 8:54pm on 25 May 2009, pollyanna25 wrote:

    we have a pair of blue tits nesting in a patio heater inside of an indoor sand school in cornwall they have pulled all the wick out and for weeks we were wondering where this white stuff was coming from then we heard cheeping and the blue tits flying in and out feeding there young we are waiting now for them to fledge so that we can see what damage they have done inside!!!! gillian lynch and claire powell.

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  • 21. At 8:54pm on 25 May 2009, fliss78 wrote:

    I have a wrens nest in a haynet in a stable, and also a blackbird sitting on a nest made from my horses hair on a ledge inside the same stable

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  • 22. At 8:54pm on 25 May 2009, neolouie wrote:

    when on holiday in hythe kent.me and my daughter millie visted a famous local crypt st.leonards which has 100's of skulls in it.in one of the skulls there was a birds nest the vicar told us there was a few there..its very intresting...from louise hunt essex

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  • 23. At 8:54pm on 25 May 2009, beautifulmaldives wrote:

    Hello
    We have a beautiful pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the hospital building where I work. The Trust have installed a camera in order to enable all the employees to view. The eggs have hatched and there are two chicks being fed/ Wonderful to watch in between working for the wonderful NHS.

    Sue Jones

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  • 24. At 8:55pm on 25 May 2009, clangercrazy wrote:

    I'm a primary teacher near Thirsk and we have a sparrow nest inside the heater (which is wall mounted and brand new!) inside my classroom's cloakroom. They got in through a hole on the outside of the brand new classroom where the power cables go. We see them going in and out, and can see bits of grass/hay and poo (!) hanging out the bottom of the heater unit. They were very noisy, chirping away all day but are very quiet now. Don't know how they put up with the noise of the kids really!

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  • 25. At 8:55pm on 25 May 2009, dynastes wrote:

    my dad has a swallow nest it the pasage going from there front door to the back door. in the day time thay race from one end to the other

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  • 26. At 8:55pm on 25 May 2009, incajay wrote:

    We have a blackbirds nest on the top of our rotary clothes line which is proped by the side of the house we think there are five chicks in there.

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  • 27. At 8:55pm on 25 May 2009, el_creedo wrote:

    There's a Great Tit nesting in a wall mounted ashtray at the Cornish Arms in St. Meryn! I have stuck a photo on the Flickr site from yesterday!

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  • 28. At 8:56pm on 25 May 2009, robintv wrote:

    We had a robin that nested in the back garden on top of the motor of the cement mixer. we manage to rig up a camera and we saw 6 eggs, watched them hatch and leave.

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  • 29. At 8:57pm on 25 May 2009, clairebearandfamily wrote:

    We have a Blue Tit nest in our downstairs bathroom extractor fan grill, they nested last year in my next door neighbours, but they blocked off the access, so they obviously decided to try next door. The spaces between the grill are only a couple of cm's wide, I'm amazed they fit in. I have put the downstairs loo off limits as I'm sure the noise from the fan must be frightening for the chicks.

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  • 30. At 8:57pm on 25 May 2009, ANITAANN wrote:

    last year there was a black birds nest in the garden part off home base store in newmarket . which was strange, and it didnot worry about people being about .

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  • 31. At 8:57pm on 25 May 2009, janetflowerday wrote:

    My husband works at a large holiday park in Norfolk, and he found a blackbirds nest in a Cardboard baler.The bird unfortunately abandon the nest, but made another quite close to the original.

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  • 32. At 8:58pm on 25 May 2009, Ridinggirluk wrote:

    A family of blue tit's have nested in our cigarett bin at work, the bin is just out side the entrance which is very busy and the mother has been feeding the chicks whilst we have been stood near by and has become quite used to us being there. Unfortunately we have had to put up notices and move the smokers but the birds seem to be perfectly happy!

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  • 33. At 8:59pm on 25 May 2009, WildDuckGreenTeam wrote:

    We are a busy holiday park near Gt. Yarmouth and we discovered a birds nest in the side of a caravan, in the recess that would normally house the tow bar. Its around 1 meter from the ground and discovered when we heard the chicks calling for food.

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  • 34. At 9:00pm on 25 May 2009, bully010 wrote:

    there is a nest on colchester platform 3 in signal co3

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  • 35. At 9:00pm on 25 May 2009, Chazjacq wrote:

    Hi! I have got a pair of coller doves nesting on the bar of my satelite dish! How on earth do they balance up there?!

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  • 36. At 9:00pm on 25 May 2009, el_creedo wrote:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3630/3564258968_127e113813_b.jpg

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  • 37. At 9:01pm on 25 May 2009, damonandsusan wrote:

    Having spent the day at the Dinosaur Adventure Park (Lenwade Norfolk) we spotted Blue tits nesting in the wing of a Pterodactyl hung in the branches of a tree! will upload pics to flickr.

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  • 38. At 9:01pm on 25 May 2009, jandgtigers wrote:

    We have Great Tits nesting inside the barrel of an old cast iron water pump (not working!). It is the second year that they have used this nest site. Think they will be fledged fairly soon as both adults are very active feeding, and the chicks are very noisy!!

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  • 39. At 9:01pm on 25 May 2009, Harkon wrote:

    I know that there was a Peregrine Falcon nest on the top a pylon that is being move in our container yard(believe they had to w8 till they coould move it), we have seen it land on a moving truck and drop its prey into the corner casting of a container(hope it remembers the number).

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  • 40. At 9:02pm on 25 May 2009, dudebriany wrote:

    on top of a caravan in a torbay holiday park is a one legged seagull who has been sat on her nest for 4 weeks, the dad comes to feed her every day and is also there whenever any other birds try to come and bother her!!!

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  • 41. At 9:03pm on 25 May 2009, HoldenFamily5 wrote:

    we have a tractor which launches our boat in Anglesey. My husband was checking the water level in the tractor today 25.5.09. Lifted the lid on our Fordson Major to find that nest from last year has been reocupied and has three eggs in. What a good find.

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  • 42. At 9:05pm on 25 May 2009, sueparg wrote:

    We've just got back from camping at Bracelands in the Forest of Dean and the cigarette disposal bin at the Reception has a blue tit nest inside it and we saw at least 3 chicks all ready clamouring for their next feed. Luckily, it has been noticed by the staff and there is a sign to say that it should not be used!

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  • 43. At 9:05pm on 25 May 2009, chromabuilding wrote:

    In our building we have an inner courtyard with an internal pond in which two ducks have had cluches of 11 and 9 respectively.They are living the life and we are now calling our building Duckingham Palace.
    Our main concern is how they are going to get out when the time comes.

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  • 44. At 9:06pm on 25 May 2009, robinx1 wrote:

    we have a robin nesting the toolbox of our box trailer. It is next to our car. But they don,t seem to mind.Us being around.

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  • 45. At 9:06pm on 25 May 2009, stewartmal wrote:

    we have had swallows nesting in our porch of our bungalow in Norfolk, for the last 5 years they nest on top of a 13 amp outside socket. they normally have 2 clutches.
    This year we are putting a new roof on our bungalow but the swallows are ignoring us and have still built there nest

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  • 46. At 9:07pm on 25 May 2009, kinmont wrote:

    A pair of oyster catchers have decided to nest on the stones covering our garden path.
    They are about 2 mtrs from our patio doors,and run off every time we walk past,we also have 3 dogs,caught one of them running around with the first egg laid.
    It is a logistical nightmare trying to work around them.
    We thought it would be best if they were moved into the corner of the garden in the vegetable patch,how could we do this,impossible you might say.
    To date,we made a nest in a large plastic tray,placed the eggs in the nest and waited,not even an hour passed and she was sitting on the eggs in the tray,the tray has been moved 3 times 2 mtr each time,and amazingly the birds have followed!!!!!!

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  • 47. At 9:07pm on 25 May 2009, Psybase wrote:

    I have a Robin sitting on 5 eggs in a plastic Greek style urn located at the bottom of my garden. I can see the bird through a slatted fence. It is totally protected and responds well to photographs.

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  • 48. At 9:08pm on 25 May 2009, RachHall wrote:

    Last year, right next to Leeds Uni campus, a couple of thrushes had built a nest in the traffic light on a toucan crossing. They we in the Red light. Not entirely sure how they managed to sleep with a) loads of students walking by in the morning, b) the red light going on and off and c) the beeping noise when it's the green man. The chicks were huge and we managed to get a photo!

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  • 49. At 9:08pm on 25 May 2009, Dogsandus wrote:

    Hello, we live on a farm in Dorchester, Dorset and we have a metal gate post that has a hole in the top that has rusted and for the second year running we have a Blue Tit nesting in the pole. The chicks have hatched and we frequenty watch the parents flitting about gathering food for the chicks

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  • 50. At 9:09pm on 25 May 2009, edinred wrote:

    my neighbour got gas put in her flat and the vent for it is outside our bedroom window, and it is currently occupied with a nest of Bluetits, we also have a nest above our sons bedroom window which is occupied by swallows, I think it's the same pair that come back every year.

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  • 51. At 9:10pm on 25 May 2009, ollasam wrote:

    Four years ago we had a wagtail nesting in the flower manger, which was planted and blooming, right outside our front door! Four beautiful chicks were hatched and I managed to get a photo of them. We were very quiet while going in and out of the door. Sadly, something (I believe a Magpie) raided the nest and dropped all four chicks out in the communal car park and of course they died.

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  • 52. At 9:10pm on 25 May 2009, sundance2 wrote:

    We have a family of blue tits nesting in our kitchen cavity wall in our flat just at the side of the down pipe from the washing machine, it is there 2nd time of using the nest but i noticed that they didn't nest last year so does this mean they wont come again next year? it is great to hear the little ones every morning before i go to work and they sure know how to confuse my indoor cats as they can hear them but cannot see them.

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  • 53. At 9:10pm on 25 May 2009, donna1352 wrote:

    hi i live in portsmouth and 2 years in a row we have peregrine falcons nesting same breeding pair ,they go to the local hospital to catch pegins and they have one young this year and they had 2 last year nesting in the chalk pits i know this isnt a wird place to nest but is lovely to watch

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  • 54. At 9:11pm on 25 May 2009, CalypsoSue wrote:

    Canada Goose nesting in planter on edge of boat mooring - 3 goslings now successfully hatched!

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  • 55. At 9:12pm on 25 May 2009, happinappi wrote:

    hiya luving the new series.
    today we went shopping at the brixham garden centre.for a photinia red robin tree to fill the hole in our fence.we got there only to find a notice on the bagonia trolley saying: "to our suprise mrs robin has picked this plant pot to build her nest of 5 robin eggs so we would appreciate if you could leave the eggs in peace.

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  • 56. At 9:13pm on 25 May 2009, NannyShellbell wrote:

    My local garden centre has a birds nest in it's letterbox. They have put a sign on saying birds nesting so that the postie knows to take the letters inside, instead of using the letter box!

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  • 57. At 9:13pm on 25 May 2009, daro1407 wrote:

    A Great Tit's nest up the spout of an ornamental water pump in the middle of a busy pub patio. The chicks can be quite clearly heard on the patio.

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  • 58. At 9:15pm on 25 May 2009, merryDerek wrote:

    A wagtail would nest in the engine of a tractor used to cut the grass of the cricket pitch. Parents would fly back to the nest after it was used! Derek,Badby Northamptonshire

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  • 59. At 9:16pm on 25 May 2009, KPROVEN wrote:

    I photographed a mallard today who has laid 11 eggs in the foutain in the centre of the entrance to our house and garden. See Kims Blog on stayat

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  • 60. At 9:16pm on 25 May 2009, ladytraceycat wrote:

    We own a builders merchants and have a hiab lorry. For the past few years we have had starlings returning to nest in the arm of the crane which sits on the rear of the vehicle. When the lorry leaves the yard to make it's deliveries the babys go with it. The parent starlings sit in our builders merchants yard waiting for the lorry to return. At times deliveries can take up to two hours or more. Upon the return of the vehicle the parents are at the ready for feeding.

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  • 61. At 9:17pm on 25 May 2009, Cossallmarsh wrote:

    I noticed today that we have a nest of coaltits in a discarded broken steel fall pipe, three metres in length, that is horizontal on a pile of paving flags behind the garage. The parent birds are currently busy collecting food and feeding the chicks. The nest is about a metre inside the pipe.

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  • 62. At 9:18pm on 25 May 2009, MARHAWK wrote:

    Only yards from our house there is an office block and in one of the very large letters of the illuminated sign on one side of the office block is a nest of Collard Doves.

    The office block is 5 stories tall and overlooks a very busy high street roundabout.

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  • 63. At 9:18pm on 25 May 2009, Mickcarmgc wrote:

    I am a member of Carmarthen Golf Club, West Wales and have erected many nest boxes in trees on the course. However, a pair of blue tits have decided to nest in the cigarette butt box provided on the club balcony following the smoking ban in the club house.

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  • 64. At 9:18pm on 25 May 2009, shapaul wrote:

    At the primary school I teach at we have a blackbird's nest built against the assembly hall window, in the crook of a hebe shrub as the branch is resting on the window sill. There are three eggs at the moment, and we have drawn the curtains to offer some privacy to the blackbird, but she seems oblivious to all the comings and goings. Who needs a camera nestbox when birds are this obliging!

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  • 65. At 9:19pm on 25 May 2009, cpenning wrote:

    Hello, we live in Lincoln and we have a blackbird nest very close to our back door, which has been built resting on a garden hose, which was temporarily run over the roof of our bungalow to fill up a fishpond. The female has laid four or five eggs and is usually on the nest. However it does leave for five to 10 minutes throughout the day. we haven't seen the male and we fear it might be dead as there was a dead blackbird at the side of the road near our house. We have pictures but I'm not sure how to send them to you.

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  • 66. At 9:21pm on 25 May 2009, KPROVEN wrote:

    I photographed a mallard who has laid 11 eggs in the fountain in the centre of our house and garden entrance at Briar Cottage ,Lochearnhead. See my blog pictures on www.stayatbriar.co.uk/blog.php. I sneaked back later tonight just as the duck had flown to Loch Earn and only one egg was exposed as she had covered them up. How long will they take to hatch? We may have to help the young one
    s down off the fountain.


    Kim

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  • 67. At 9:21pm on 25 May 2009, sheilanray wrote:

    WE have an amphora in the garden with an elongated neck aprox. 35 cm. long and 5-6 cm. internal diameter. For the last 4 years coal tits have nested in the bottom and raised chicks. How do the young exit up through the neck?
    Sheilanray

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  • 68. At 9:22pm on 25 May 2009, marinejayne1 wrote:

    hi
    we have a two robins nests under our carport in a large geranium plant,the first robins nest successfully reared four chicks and the second nest has four eggs currently being sat on.

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  • 69. At 9:24pm on 25 May 2009, YewTreeLane wrote:

    At a local restaurant near Harrogate -The Millstones Bistro, blue tits have nested in the wall mounted metal box for cigarette ends. A notice reminds everyone not to disturb the family .

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  • 70. At 9:24pm on 25 May 2009, psnottie wrote:

    I have pictures of thrushes nesting in traffis lights in Leeds! Now another pair have nested in the lights across the road too

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  • 71. At 9:24pm on 25 May 2009, aquagem63 wrote:

    We have installed outside ashtray's at our offices one of these now has a family of Blue Tit's nesting inside ~ no one can now use the ashtray ~ are they trying to tell us something ??

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  • 72. At 9:24pm on 25 May 2009, kariba-rose wrote:

    A few years ago a robin built a nest in one of my husbands hanging baskets of fuchsias he was growing in the greenhouse. We had to carefully water the plants without flooding the nest.
    Thankfully both birds and flowers survived and grew ok!

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  • 73. At 9:24pm on 25 May 2009, bizarreuniquename wrote:

    Osprey in Ross-shire nesting on electricity pylon (just like they do in Florida).
    John Miller of Alness, Ross-shire

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  • 74. At 9:24pm on 25 May 2009, MaxyBrown1 wrote:

    At a school where i work there is a blue tit nest inside a ventilating system. The mother has to squeeze in through the grates!

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  • 75. At 9:25pm on 25 May 2009, elrickir wrote:

    There are a pair of crows nesting at an airport close by within the Instrument Landing System aerial about 15-20 ft above the ground sheltered by a piece of metal plate on the north side of the obelisk type aerial!
    Filming obviously impossible by myself but if BAA were approached I'm sure they would destroy the nest for obvious reasons.
    I just thought it was really checky of the crows and how inate the irony is.
    Cheers for now
    IainElrick

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  • 76. At 9:26pm on 25 May 2009, ironnarrowboat wrote:

    I spotted a pair of Blue Tits feeding their young on the Kennet and Avon canal.The nest is inside the paddle mechanism,which is mounted on the lower gate.Every time a boat goes through is openned and closed.These gates are sometimes banged hard.

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  • 77. At 9:28pm on 25 May 2009, springwatchfan684 wrote:

    Visited Stanborough lakes in Welwyn Garden City and discovered that outside the south-side car park there was a Bluetit nesting inside a life belt stand! Despite all the people there because of the bank holiday the parents were busy feeding the chicks even while we were watching. Love springwatch.

    Martin

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  • 78. At 9:29pm on 25 May 2009, poshJaybird wrote:

    On a visit to Tong Garden Centre in Leeds today, we saw a beautiful round nest with 5 tiny bluetit chicks (I think) with wide orange gapes. It was in the display of paving stones, and only a couple of feet from the ground. The staff had pinned a notice to the ground with stones, asking people to take care as there were birds nesting. I leaned over and easily saw the babies - enchanting. Again today, we saw a nest in the the garden fence panels at B&Q in Leeds, with two perfect blue eggs in, only 6 inches from people passing by. I have a feeling this was a blackbird's nest. Hope the parent/s came back.

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  • 79. At 9:29pm on 25 May 2009, Ianpeterborough wrote:

    I have a boat on the River Nene in Peterborough, and recently discovered a nest made in the space next to the outdoor engine. Following this, 3 small speckled eggs were laid, and now theses have increased to seven. I have seen on a number of occasions, small birds flying low over the river, and I believe these to be the parents of the eggs. I think they might be Swifts but not sure.
    Several times we have approched the boat and found the bird nesting on the eggs, but disappears as soon as we arrive.

    What are the chances of the eggs hatching, and do we have to keep the boat moored until the the birds have appeared and fletched ? Please advise.

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  • 80. At 9:30pm on 25 May 2009, royport wrote:

    I have bumble bee's nesting in a nest box!

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  • 81. At 9:33pm on 25 May 2009, Tremeneth wrote:

    We had a particularly hard winter in Cornwall this year - as did most of the country, I know, but snow down here is a major event! Anyway, we lost a lovely Tree Fern but its stump has provided a fantastic spot for a wren's net!

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  • 82. At 9:33pm on 25 May 2009, lizzydrippin21 wrote:

    we have a pair of collard doves that have taken a liking to the small narrow bracket of the sky dish.
    they laid a couple of eggs with out any nesting (that fell off) but have now managed some how to balance a few twigs and i have seen both of the birds squeezed on it.

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  • 83. At 9:34pm on 25 May 2009, williasmet wrote:

    About a month ago a bird nested in a nestbox I had made several years previously and laid a number of eggs. Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that the nestbox has been taken over by bees - yes "black and yellow bumble bees". You can see that the original entrance hole has been almost blocked up and made smaller and a trail of yellow pollen can be clearly seen extending up the front of the nestbox where the bees land and crawl up to the entrance.

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  • 84. At 9:35pm on 25 May 2009, truckjeep wrote:

    We have a swallow's nest within 2 feet of our front door, this is the second year this has taken place. Last year they raised 3 chicks and they have laid 3 eggs in the nest this year.

    Programe is great.

    Ian G Baxter

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  • 85. At 9:35pm on 25 May 2009, grahamboo wrote:

    I work at a power station in Slough, and we have Peregrine Falcons nesting in an explosion panel on the side of our boiler house.I can`t wait for the young to hatch and watch them grow.

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  • 86. At 9:39pm on 25 May 2009, lulustarling wrote:

    Starlings have nested in a hole behind our guttering / fall pipe. The chicks have now moved in to the void between the floor of our bathroom and the ceiling of our lounge with all the wet and windy weather we have had! You can here them shuffling around about 4 meters in from the hole. They have been there for some time now and we have a lovely "natural" alarm clock as soon as it become light. We are in the process of doing our garden up and have had a lot of earth dug out, so mum and dad haven't had to travel very far to feed the babies, and have become very brave on entering and exiting the nest when we are out in the garden.

    Lou

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  • 87. At 9:40pm on 25 May 2009, MarieInTheGarden wrote:

    I have a blue tit nest in a metal power box at the top of an overhead power pole. Twice now I've seen a woodpecker tapping on the pole. I'm sure it knows that there is a nest somewhere but luckily the clever little blue tits have got metal armoured plating. Although the box also faces the sun so I hope that the chicks aren't going to get over heated.

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  • 88. At 9:40pm on 25 May 2009, Hikergal40 wrote:

    At my place of work fixed on the wall outside, is a disused cigarette stubber. The 'metal box' type that you see at shopping centre etc. with a stubber and little holes to put the cigarette ends in. Blue tits have nested in the box and male and female are regularly seen back and forth feeding their chicks. A most uplifting site for us office workers and we have placed a sign on the box so that no one actually puts a cigarette in there.

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  • 89. At 9:40pm on 25 May 2009, littleplainjane wrote:

    last year we had a piedwagtail nesting in the engine of the tractor which no-one noticed until one day the workman was out working in it and saw the parent flying beside it in the field and going in and out feeding the chicks while the machine was ON!!!!
    All 5 chicks fledged!

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  • 90. At 9:44pm on 25 May 2009, ollieneill wrote:

    i am 9 years old and earlier today i was out at a national trust place with my mum.
    we were walking along and heard a tweet tweet from an old gatepost.
    i got a glimpse inside but it was very dark and you could just see some chicks from the small light of a mobile phone.
    then we saw a blue tit {or some other tit] fly in to the gatepost with a worm of some type.
    the gatepost is old and rusty and very thin.


    Patrick Neill

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  • 91. At 9:45pm on 25 May 2009, annigan wrote:

    For the second year running we have a pair of Great Tits nesting in the electic meter cupboard outside the back door. They gain entry via a small hole next to the cable entry in the base. The cupboard is 1/3 filled with moss and the nest is tight in one corner. When the babies are large enough to move out of the cup they sit behind a small piece of fibre board inside which is immediately above the enrty hole in an effort one presumes to get quicker access to the food brought to the nest.

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  • 92. At 9:48pm on 25 May 2009, JonathanAV8 wrote:

    I work at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent where we have a family of Starlings nesting in an old F100 Super Sabre Fighter Jet's air intake.
    Luckily its part of the Museum so they wont be taking flight prematurely.
    We also have a Grey Wagtail nest with 6 eggs in our airfield crane which we used last week and once we returned it to the same position the adults returned to the nest! Il be keeping an eye on them.

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  • 93. At 9:48pm on 25 May 2009, elrickir wrote:

    There are a pair of crows nesting at an airport close by, within the Instrument Landing System aerial about 15-20 ft above the ground. It's sheltered by a piece of metal plate on the north side of the obelisk type aerial!
    Filming obviously impossible by myself but if BAA were approached I'm sure they would destroy the nest for obvious reasons.
    I just thought it was really cheeky of the crows and how inate the irony is.
    Cheers for now
    IainElrick

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  • 94. At 9:52pm on 25 May 2009, truckjeep wrote:

    We have a pair of swallows nesting two feet from our front door. This is the second year running, last year the raised three chicks and this year they have three eggs in the nest.
    Programe is great

    Truckjeep

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  • 95. At 9:54pm on 25 May 2009, GMARDLE wrote:

    My daughter spotted Great Tits flying in and out of a hole in a metal climbing frame post at the local play park. We had a listen at the hole and heard the chicks that had already hatched inside. Both parents came back feeding within half a minute regaurdless of the children playing. I took a video and have posted on the site.

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  • 96. At 10:00pm on 25 May 2009, warriorspuggy11 wrote:

    I visited Eden Camp in Malton, North Yorkshire yesterday and discovered a blue tit nesting in the gun barrell of a spitfire. She didn't seem to mind the constant stream of visitors to this ex WW2 prisoner of war camp turned museum. Highlight of my day!

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  • 97. At 10:07pm on 25 May 2009, fx100c wrote:

    I have seen a swallow nesting in the waiting room at Lazonby railway station in Cumbria. I have a photograph if you want it.

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  • 98. At 10:10pm on 25 May 2009, muddybadger wrote:

    I have a pair of Robins nesting in my motorcycle helmet in my greenhouse, the eggs only hatched yesterday and i think about 4 possibly 5 eggs were laid. The male seems to pass food to the female when she perches near him and then she flies back to the nest.

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  • 99. At 10:12pm on 25 May 2009, muddybadger wrote:

    Re the robins nest, i also have photo's, where should i post them if you want?

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  • 100. At 10:14pm on 25 May 2009, Pakscout wrote:

    Benson and Hedges Wrens.
    In our shed at the allotment we have bunches of tobacco leaves hanging from a line stretched across the ceiling, dry from last yr, unused just a growing experiment. A wren was trying to build a nest amongst them to no avail, everything kept dropping to the ground. So we took pity and tied 6/7 bunches together and pushed a finger in to see if he'd get the idea. Nxt day shed looked like a bomb had hit it, he'd got the idea, hollowed it out and started building. So there's a perfect finished nest in there now, swaying on the line.

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  • 101. At 10:14pm on 25 May 2009, JohnMux wrote:

    As a considerate smoker I find the use of cigarette disposal facilities by Blue Tits unacceptable - but hey - as long as they fledge before my next cigarette and clear up afterwards that's OK!!

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  • 102. At 10:17pm on 25 May 2009, Ian209spring wrote:

    Whilst visiting London on Sunday, we were wandering back to the railway station through St Katherines dock. On the back of one of the yachts in the dock, there was a coot that had made a nest and also had about three eggs I think in the nest. The coots partner was swimming close by and it picked up a drinking straw that was floating in the dock and climbed onto the back of the yacht and presented it to the sitting coot who organised it into the nest. I took a photo of it. Not sure if I can attach it here but I will send it somewhere on this site.

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  • 103. At 10:21pm on 25 May 2009, denisemadeline wrote:

    Every January we put our used Christmas tree into the hay rack in our stable. When spring comes our blackbird nests in it as if it were a real tree (with the added advantage that it 'grows' inside!) In the autumn the tree is chopped up for kindling, so it gets used three times.
    The blackbird's nest usually succeeds, apart from one terrible year when the little owl (which nests in the gable of the same building)came one night and ripped off the head of the female while she was on her nest, to get at her eggs to feed its own young. I witnessed this but arrived too late to save her.

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  • 104. At 10:44pm on 25 May 2009, bethsawyer wrote:

    We have a pair of bluetits raising a family of very noisy babies inside a live electric box attached to our house! They are very busy feeding the chicks every minute!
    d to our house!

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  • 105. At 10:45pm on 25 May 2009, annad4711 wrote:

    There is a Robin's nest hidden in some plants in the outdoor garden sales area of B & Q in Hartcliffe, Bristol with 2 or 3 hatched chicks oblivious to the fact that hundreds of shoppers are passing by each day. That is one confident Robin!!

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  • 106. At 10:53pm on 25 May 2009, WestNorfolkLass wrote:

    Hi, with regards to strange nest sites, or more accurately suicidal ones, I was driving along the North Norfolk coast last week and a swan has decided to nest right next to the main road between Cley and Saltmarsh. So close to the road in fact that the police have put cones out and signs advising motorists to drive with caution.

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  • 107. At 10:53pm on 25 May 2009, cleverceepea wrote:

    We have an old chimney pot by our garage containing bamboo canes. A pair of blue tits have nested somewhere down at the bottom. We have no idea how many chicks there are in there but they certainly make a lot of noise when mum or dad bring food. We are terrified though that the canes will move and disturb the nest!

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  • 108. At 10:54pm on 25 May 2009, rubylord wrote:

    we have a blackbirds nest in an old cement mixer

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  • 109. At 10:59pm on 25 May 2009, modernmumble2 wrote:

    For several years blue tits nested in the same box. We installed a camera in the box and-you've guessed it-they moved. Last-year and this they have nested in the neck of the water-pump water feature right outside the patio window. We have a great view and help out by putting meal-worms on the top of the pump. Last year we were lucky enough to see one baby fledge but we worry about the difficulty the babies must have in getting up the neck in order to get out.

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  • 110. At 11:35pm on 25 May 2009, profcutter wrote:

    I have recently had a mouse nesting and sorting food under the hood of my car. The little blighter chewed though and damaged about 20 wires in my fuse box, which I have had to replace at a cost of £120.00. I was not a happy bunny!.
    We also have a Bumble Bees nest under the flag stones right outside the door to the back garden. We have to be wait to open the door just in case they are coming into land.

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  • 111. At 11:40pm on 25 May 2009, rainbowWilliam35 wrote:

    We have our own spring watch, A few weeks ago a small Black bird made its nest right out side our back window on a shelf that we made for putting pots on, it is only a few feet away from the window, and we have seen every thing, from the very first straw to now, it has four eggs in the nest and she is the cheekiest bird i have ever seen. The hold family love it. it just goes about doing what it has to and does not care who is watching, the tv is on about a yard away from the nest and it does not bother her one little bit, even when i close the window last thing at night, it won't even blink, it is so comfortable in its own little world. We love it

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  • 112. At 11:46pm on 25 May 2009, BonkersBlake wrote:

    A few years ago in the North Yorkshire themepark "Flamingo Land" there was a pigeon nest right alongside a rollercoaster called Kumali. The steps leading alongside the first lift hill had a pigeon pair nesting half way up to the top. Ideal vantage point but rather noisy! I used to love seeing them on the way up!

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  • 113. At 00:26am on 26 May 2009, chuffme wrote:

    We have a hanging basket right outside the back door and only four feet away from the cat flap. Robins built their nest in the basket and as far as we know only had two eggs. The chicks hatched eight days ago and the parents are working very hard to feed them, supplemented twice a day by mealworms which we put out for them. The parents don't seem to mind us being around at all and so far the cat has not noticed the activity. Needless to say the hanging basket is looking a bit seedy as it can't be watered, but watching the robins is just such a pleasure.

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  • 114. At 00:38am on 26 May 2009, janspan4 wrote:

    I have had a pair of Blue Tits nesting in an old overflow pipe hole above my back door, they have now flown. I also have a pair of House Martins who are occupying a nest joined onto my bedroom windowframe for the 2nd year running.

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  • 115. At 02:24am on 26 May 2009, cortese1 wrote:

    For the second year I have starlings nesting in the corner of the eaves of my house. The cement became loose and they have made the hole bigger so the nest must be in the corner of my attic.The young must have now fledged as I can no longer hear them when I am in the bathroom.The adults are still there so I think they must be laying again. Before I had my new boiler I used to have birds nesting on the top of the extractor fan of my water heater

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  • 116. At 03:48am on 26 May 2009, hiltonxxfamily wrote:

    My children and i have a song thrush nesting in an old light gap at our back door...

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  • 117. At 03:51am on 26 May 2009, hiltonxxfamily wrote:

    the back door is constantly used by the kids out back and us in and out .....my hubby's doin work in the kitchen ? but it aint bothered it has 3 eggs in its nest ..I think its quite unusual .. x and my kids do

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  • 118. At 04:47am on 26 May 2009, hiltonxxfamily wrote:

    any twitters here ?? x

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  • 119. At 08:07am on 26 May 2009, Countingcoots wrote:

    There are a pair of Coots on the Wandle in Wandsworth that repeatedly fail to nest in a shopping trolley that is upended in the river - the site is in a tidal area of the river.

    This has been going on for a couple of years at least, more comment/details on the link supplied.

    http://countingcoots.blogspot.com/2009/03/off-their-trolley.html



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  • 120. At 08:34am on 26 May 2009, Stu-bee-good wrote:

    RARE NEST IN A STRANGE PLACE. Last week the banana plants in my exotic Wolverhampton garden had to be stripped of their straw winter wrapping. On one of the plants I was surprised to see a succession of bumblebees disappearing in and out at the base of the straw. Being advised by someone, who erroneously believes that all bumblebees do not sting, I made a closer inspection. Not only were the in-going bees laden with pollen but the volume of humming coming from within led me to surmise that this was an active and flourishing nest site worth protecting due to the increasing rarity of these most delightful of summer insects.

    Witnessing all the external activity, I'm left wondering what the internal structure of the nest is like. I'd welcome help or advice from anyone who has the technical know-how or equipment to 'see' inside the nest.

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  • 121. At 09:00am on 26 May 2009, Mark wrote:

    Ahoy Pigeons! I was working on client's boats in April and under the engine cover of the work-boat (which ferries staff to and from the main boats), a pigeon had made her nest.

    For a picture of her, with two of her chicks, see http://www.esdale.com/images/AhoyPigeons.jpg

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  • 122. At 09:06am on 26 May 2009, brendalincoln wrote:

    We have had robins nesting in my peg bag which hangs on the verandah. Two robins fledged & I had to buy new pegs!! Brenda Lincoln

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  • 123. At 09:11am on 26 May 2009, BarnOwlNutter wrote:

    I dont have the pictures anymore but a few years back, we brought out a boarding Kennels and cattery and we had a robin build a nest in a cardboard box in a kennel. We had to stop some construction work around that area. there were 3 chicks raised and fledged.

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  • 124. At 09:16am on 26 May 2009, BlackCountryDave wrote:

    In my garage, a half empty box of lager cans is currently playing host to a pair of nesting robins. These robins are currently preventing me from using the gym equipment I have in there (which doesn't bother me at all), but also preventing me getting to those last lager tinnies which is more of a bind!

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  • 125. At 09:33am on 26 May 2009, WaterJoOsborn wrote:

    I work for South East Water, a water supply company in the South East of England. We are building a new covered storage reservoir in deepest rural Kent and our team working on its construction had a surprise the other day as they found a pied wagtail had set up her nest on a piece of wooden shuttering they had put up.

    It caused quite a lot of excitement as we wanted to make sure she wasnt disturbed by all the work going on around her. An ecologist came and assessed the situation and was happy that the bird was protected as we put a barrier around the area to make sure she is safe.

    She seems quite happy and ignores all the construction going on around her. We are all watching to see if any eggs hatch, we hope so.

    I will put some pictures on the flicker pages.

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  • 126. At 09:43am on 26 May 2009, HOWARD_HW wrote:

    Hello I'm Howard Bentham, Breakfast Presenter at BBC Hereford & Worcester. Like many cities in the UK we are seeing more and more seagulls move inland to enjoy the rich pickings of discarded fast-food and the flat factory roofs to nest upon. The cities of Hereford and Worcester are no exceptions to this migration from the coast. However in Worcester we have a seagull nest (with two eggs) that has got everyone's attention as it is on the GROUND right by the back door to BBC H&W Towers!! It has now been in place for a week and no-one here has ever seen a seagull nest on the ground and in such a busy place! It is in a main thoroughfare not just for BBC Staff but also for the surrounding businesses including many lorries making deliveries....even the juggernauts have not put off the prospective parents and their nesting instincts!

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  • 127. At 09:48am on 26 May 2009, ameliatr wrote:

    Last week (22/05/09)I was having breakfast in a hotel in Abington, Oxford and noticed a sign outside above a cigarette bin saying:

    'Please do not use birds nesting'

    This is by far the strangest place that I have seen birds nest.

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  • 128. At 09:50am on 26 May 2009, Rosdor wrote:

    Hi, I am writing this on behalf of my brother in Cheshire as he has a wild mallard duck nesting in his Dove Cot which is 9ft off the ground. It is just nesting in duck down in a hole 4 inches wide with a 3inch shelf. As they are ground nesting birds he is not sure how the baby's are going to descend to the ground.

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  • 129. At 09:54am on 26 May 2009, pollydobson wrote:

    This Christmas we put our Christmas tree on the deck outside our french windows, two to three feet away from the window. As it had not started to drop we just took the lights off after Christmas and left it in its stand. We were amazed when a pair of blackbirds decided to build a nest in it. She laid four eggs and three young fledged despite the fact that we had to pass within inches of the nest every time we went into the garden. It was a pleasure watching them from our lounge window. The family are still visiting the garden daily to eat the seed we put out.

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  • 130. At 10:05am on 26 May 2009, mearnswalshy wrote:

    Up here in rural Kinkardine we have a pied wagtail nesting in my daughters woodpile at the side of the garage, just opposite a door into the house. The nest is about 2 feet of the ground. There are 6 eggs in the nest and we have seen the parent bird sitting on the nest as when she is there you can see her just above the logs.

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  • 131. At 10:08am on 26 May 2009, daffyguardian wrote:

    We have had a duck nesting on our small pond since 1st May. She originally laid 13 eggs and there are now only eleven but no sign of any ducklings yet. We assume these will appear in two or three days. She mated with 2 drakes on our pond for about 2 weeks and laid one egg per day. She sits 24/7 apart from a wash and brush up once a day at teatime. We feed her and the drakes with purchased Duck and Swan food and she gobbles it up. I have videos of her and the drakes which I shall try to post on your site. It will be the first time I have tried to post a video or photo on the web.

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  • 132. At 10:16am on 26 May 2009, Lilyrose20 wrote:

    I work at Warwick Castle and we have a fantastic nest of Blue Tits with two chicks. They have been nesting in our working Trebuchet on the island by the River Avon. What is amazing is that 3 times a day the Trebuchet is fired. The nest is in the weight box which is an integral part of the workings and swings up and down with each firing. This hasn't bothered the birds at all!

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  • 133. At 10:39am on 26 May 2009, John wrote:

    Not totaly unussual I know but. Our house has lots of roof cavaties and so far this year I have counted 11 house sparrow nests about the house. Thats 4 more since lasr year!
    I have taken up the task of leaving lots of food out for the many sparrow parents, the problem is that a crow fammily is nicking it all as they have taken up residence in one of the chimminies! Its a real Battle!

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  • 134. At 10:49am on 26 May 2009, BarbadosRum wrote:

    A pair of Blue Tit's are currently using the traffic lights as a nest site at a very busy junction in Bamber Bridge near Preston.
    It's funny to see people stationary when the lights are on green thinking "I'm sure I've just seen a bird disappear into that traffic light" :-)

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  • 135. At 10:51am on 26 May 2009, largethegardener wrote:

    We have just had a pair of Robins nesting in our kitchen extractor fan.We first noticed this when we heard some scraping / scratching sounds coming from the fan housing, inside the kitchen. I went outside to watch the wall opening and, lo and behold,a couple of Robins were taking it in turn to take in nesting material.
    They have now just fledged and are being fed in the garden.I'm not sure whether to try and remove the old nest now,or, wait to see if they will have a second brood.

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  • 136. At 11:21am on 26 May 2009, weemackymoo wrote:

    We live next to a wetlands conservation area and see many different species of bird throughout the year, and have many nesting around the property. However one of the nicest has to be a robin's nest in our tack and feedroom. Inside some unused haynets, hung from the rafters, a perfect nest with eggs and a very attentive mother. She is not at all bothered by us coming in and out throughout the day. We can see the eggs clearly as the nest is at eye level and hope to get some superb pictures.

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  • 137. At 11:28am on 26 May 2009, meonomous wrote:

    I have a pair of Great Tits nesting in a four foot tower of breezeblocks which used to hold a domestic heating oil tank on a dusused patio/ store/ dumping area in my garden. The nest is located at the very base deep inside the mortared tower and the pair are feeding chicks at the moment. I have taken a sequence of 15 photographs which I have posted on my flickr site, and also on the BBC Springwatch site where I have posted three of this sequence as a taster.

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  • 138. At 11:32am on 26 May 2009, Jackiedun wrote:

    My son got married 23rd May. He had spent the last year renovating a large army vehicle called a Scammell Explorer. He planned to go to the church in the lorry however a Pied Wagtail decided to make her nest next to the radiator. She now has 5 young so the bride groom was unable to use the lorry as his transport. We had to decorate it with ribbon and leave it at home. Thankfully he had another large vehicle to use instead and all the young are thriving.

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  • 139. At 11:33am on 26 May 2009, Andre73 wrote:

    There is a family of blue tits nesting behind the metal plate on the front of a lamp post in Epping. Despite the potential danger they seem to be doing well at the moment.
    There is also a blue tit nest in a vertical ashtray at Essex Cricket Ground, Chelmsford. I haven't been for a few weeks but the ground staff had put large "Do Not Use" signs on it - so I am hopeful they will fledge succesfully.

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  • 140. At 11:41am on 26 May 2009, happybajangirl wrote:

    We have a pigeon sitting on eggs in a very sparce nest on the arm of our Sky dish!! The parents keep coming and going but don't know how they are keeping it all together and the eggs don't fall out as there's not much to the nest! I have a great photo of it.

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  • 141. At 11:52am on 26 May 2009, miraculouslilolill wrote:

    My brother in law runs the boatyard at Shalfleet quay here on the Isle of Wight and once again this year he has some unusual nests! There are two oyster-catchers nesting on the roof of an old caravan. A blue-tit has made a nest in the digger, this is used on a daily basis and she doesn't seem to mind being moved around the boatyard! There are also several swallows nesting in one of the boats! Its just like having our own Springwatch right here!

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  • 142. At 11:57am on 26 May 2009, rainmilesam wrote:

    we have a nest of starlings in our roof.in wood street ,walthamstow,london.not a strange place for a nest but it's good to see that starlings are still breeding as they seem to be getting scarce.when we go into the loft we can hear the chicks,and by the sound they make there is a few of them.

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  • 143. At 12:09pm on 26 May 2009, choirboynorm wrote:

    There is a pigeon on her nest (For the second year running) on the car wash at Sainsbury's, Westwood Cross,Margate. She sits there quite unperturbed as the machine goes through its cycle and then she disappears into the roof still sitting on her nest. She dosn't get wet as she is on top of the mechanism where the spouts are. She passes by the window of your car within about three feet. Unfortunately it is difficult to take a photograph as this would mean opening the window and getting soaked !!!

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  • 144. At 12:20pm on 26 May 2009, falconer2406 wrote:

    Last year on our canal boat Swallow we came across a yellow wagtails nest on a lock gate. It was tucked up in the corner on the towpath side of the gate (to avoid a water leak further on) When the gate was opened the parent bird sitting would just hunker down and glare at whomever was opening the gate, it didnt seem to bothered about the constant opening & closing of the gate approx 4 or 5 times an hour actually it seemed to quite enjoy the ride!

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  • 145. At 12:32pm on 26 May 2009, windjellis wrote:

    My son and daughter (aged 7 and 3)have got a Robin's nest in their
    strawberry plant. Five eggs in there so far. They are fascinated
    and are very careful not to frighten the bird off the nest.
    Very difficult to water the strawberry plant though!!

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  • 146. At 12:43pm on 26 May 2009, janem wrote:

    I'm just reading in the Manchester Evening News about some Great Tits nesting in the ash tray attached to the outside of the Ship Inn in Middleton nr Rochdale

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  • 147. At 12:44pm on 26 May 2009, trevorgordon56 wrote:

    For the past couple of years there have been a pair of Oystercatchers nesting in the ballast next to a Railway Line near Haltwhistle, Northumberland.

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  • 148. At 12:55pm on 26 May 2009, chriss87 wrote:

    Found an unusual nesting place in an old jacket hanging up in our tack room, Wren spotted going in and out of a small open window. County Durham.

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  • 149. At 12:55pm on 26 May 2009, quippinirose wrote:

    Swallows nest in church porch again this year, with adult birds often making a visiting check on Congregation during the services!

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  • 150. At 1:02pm on 26 May 2009, falconer2406 wrote:

    We visited Cley observatory about a month ago and there are(or were) two mute swans nesting by the side of the road, the A149 i believe.
    The nests were cordoned off by the police or the reserve and i understand there has been a couple of small incidents whilst motorists try and avoid them. Anyone know if they hatched?

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  • 151. At 1:04pm on 26 May 2009, mmccarthy wrote:

    We currently have a nest of what we think are Great Tits nesting in the old wall-mounted ashtray on the side of our office building. We have seen at least one parent going in with food and heard the chicks.

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  • 152. At 1:07pm on 26 May 2009, Berylbb wrote:

    In recent years blue tits have been nesting and raising their young in/through the hole that used to be the overflow pipe from the old toilet cistern. When we are in the bathroom we know when the parents have arrived with food because of the chirping chicks! They have obviously found the idea spot away from predators.

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  • 153. At 1:29pm on 26 May 2009, KeithGM wrote:

    We seem to have songthrushes nesting somewhere on the flat roof of the wine bar next to our office. The well-grown, rather plump looking chick appears on my office windowledge (second floor) and waits for the parents to take turns bringing food. Also, just saw them outside on the grass outside the office, between us and the street - we are in the busy, built up centre of Manchester.

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  • 154. At 1:44pm on 26 May 2009, emmaandalan wrote:

    Hi great show as always. Well last year we had robins in our potting shed nesting in an old flower pot. This year we have blackbirds in the engine compartment of our horsebox, so no going out with our horses at the moment, don't you just love nature, coz we sure do. Keep up the great work Emma & Alan

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  • 155. At 1:48pm on 26 May 2009, DazPoland wrote:

    We have Wren's nesting in our garage. Their nest is wedged between some leaning drain rods and garahe wall. There are about 4 chicks.

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  • 156. At 1:51pm on 26 May 2009, LaaLaa1974 wrote:

    I have recently found a Blue Tit nesting in a wall mounted ashtray attached to the back of my Pub. I've put a sign above the ashtray saying it's out of service and so far the nest seems to be surviving. I think there are 3 chicks in there but it's very hard to tell. The nest is right next to a very busy doorway but the adults seem quite happy about it. I'm just hoping the chicks don't emerge with emphysema!

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  • 157. At 1:56pm on 26 May 2009, jenrou wrote:

    We have a pair of Robins nesting in our kitchen extractor fan.. very excitng as this is the second year they have used it... Last year I sat in the garden with the kids early one Sunday morning and we saw the fledglings leave the nest... A fantastic thing to share with the kids . I wonder if we ll be so lucky this year.

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  • 158. At 2:01pm on 26 May 2009, thebazille wrote:

    We had a wren nesting in last years wall flower basket, right beside ourback door.
    It made a hole through the liner, scattering old compost everywhere.

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  • 159. At 2:15pm on 26 May 2009, charmingsleepycat wrote:

    For the past four years we have had a family of blue tits nesting in a hole under the outside carriage lamp. To see the hole where they enter/exit is near impossible, but it seems to be a nice warm and safe haven for them. Luckily for us we live in a very idyllic spot next to the Thames in bray with loads of bird chorus (including a male heron that tried to mate with the plastic heron last year (what a shame that moment wasn't captured on film!)

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  • 160. At 2:28pm on 26 May 2009, EyeJules wrote:

    Last year a robin was nesting in the top of a stack of flower pots inside our garage - flying in and out of the window. I was reluctant to go inside the garage for most of the summer, so this year I kept the window shut.

    Having done lots of work in the garden in the last few weeks, I have filled up a garden waste wheelie bin with tree prunings. The lid is propped open by a few twigs, and sure enough I discovered a robin's nest just inside the top of the bin, with six very young, very hungry chicks!

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  • 161. At 2:49pm on 26 May 2009, deatwindyoak wrote:

    We have a Robins nest in a bag of garden waste near the back door of our bungalow. I was about to take the bag to the tip when I noticed a nest with one small egg inside the top of the bag. I replaced the bag and a few days later there were 4 or 5 eggs in the nest. Due to its position I was worried that preditors would take the eggs or chicks and so I buits a cage around the bag with some chicken wire leaving a small hole for the robin to return. There are now 4 or 5 chicks in the nest with the parent robins busily feeding them.

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  • 162. At 2:49pm on 26 May 2009, lawfamily wrote:

    Six weeks ago we noticed that a nest was being built in an old hanging basket by our back door. Since then, a wren has been busy flying in and out all day long (at least we assume it's only one), and doesn't seem to be put off by our comings and goings into the garden!

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  • 163. At 2:55pm on 26 May 2009, naturetorr wrote:

    We recently had a robins nest in our garage on a bookshelf , both parents flying in and out of the side door. They successfully raised 4 chicks which then fledged and, after perching for a day on various garden tools, beams, boxes and welly boots, disappeared out into the world. Hope they survive !

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  • 164. At 2:59pm on 26 May 2009, MaddGran wrote:

    We have had a family of great tits nesting in the end of an alumimum sail boom hanging on our fence. the boom has been used for 2 years. At the boat yard we use there is a family of blue tits nesting in the end of a scaffold pole being used to hold a cover over a bost while it is being worked on.
    Sue McDermott, Portsmouth

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  • 165. At 3:21pm on 26 May 2009, jillisum wrote:

    spring watch is back great....the drawring room has been taken over... not only a robins nest on top of british book of birds but now nest in the desk with 4 eggs....but yes todays robins have fledged. hip hip hurray. ( west sussex) oh and we cant park in the garage as our 6+ swallows are back arriving on the 14 th april.

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  • 166. At 3:23pm on 26 May 2009, MrKeithLaing wrote:

    We have a family of Great Tits nesting in a Frog-box (habitat box)which has an entrance hole below ground level. How they found the entrance in the first place is a mystery.

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  • 167. At 3:24pm on 26 May 2009, YrCymrooBowys wrote:

    We have a worn cross-cut saw pushed under the rafters of an old cart-shed. Last year swallows built a perfectly round nest(small pork-pie shape and size look-alike)taking up the full width of the metal blade. This year they have built a new but again perfectly circular nest on the same saw on the other side of the roof truss and the female is currently sitting on eggs. Are such circular nests common?

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  • 168. At 3:34pm on 26 May 2009, patiantpat wrote:

    We have for the second year running a robins nest in our shelf unit in the garage amongst all the usual paraphenalia associated with decorating - tins of paint wallpaper etc. Last year they raised a nice brood of 5 so it will be interesting to see how many this year.

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  • 169. At 3:53pm on 26 May 2009, rocktara wrote:

    My partner does banger racing and has a yard with cars in it. Raced and ones waiting to be raced and we noticed this year one of the raced A-60 cars has a Robin's nest in it. all chicks have gone now but they left a little one there that sadly died.

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  • 170. At 4:26pm on 26 May 2009, Wisleymiss wrote:

    At RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, we have lots of wildlife but the strangest nest belongs to a mother duck who takes up residence on the roof of one of the buildings of our Plant Centre. When the ducklings hatch they fall off the roof and waddle through the Plant Centre en-route to the ponds in the garden!

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  • 171. At 4:26pm on 26 May 2009, fleabagcat wrote:

    In Spring 2007 a pair of robins nested in the Reredos [the triptych behind the altar table]of the Lady Chapel of Lichfield Cathedral and successfully raised their brood. Sometimes the robins perched on the Reredos of the High Altar and appeared to accommpany the choir at evensong! Sadly the small broken pane they came in and out by was mended after they all left.

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  • 172. At 4:51pm on 26 May 2009, crooky71 wrote:

    Just fledged,wagtail nest. They raised 4 young on the side of a canal lock doors. They had a great vantage to catch the hatching flys. But every 20 minutes or so they had to watch as there young were pushed to the side, to allow a bardge through.
    The Grand union Rickmansworth

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  • 173. At 5:12pm on 26 May 2009, thelovelybluewatch wrote:

    We, The operational crews at Kettering fire station, Northamptonshire, have a family of robins (4 young) currently nesting inside the workings of a rotavator, kept in the cycle shed here on the station grounds

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  • 174. At 5:13pm on 26 May 2009, lcbuchanan wrote:

    We have a Robin nesting in a Mailbox for our flat building!

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  • 175. At 5:25pm on 26 May 2009, macrolfe wrote:

    A friend, Roger Twigg! who has a smallholding in Stoke Golding Leics. showed me a nest of Bluetits in the end of a steel section of farm machinery (photo's available) with both parents in constant attendance, quite a sight to see gaping mouths thtough such a narrow gap in such a solid structure!

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  • 176. At 5:26pm on 26 May 2009, cleanasawhistle wrote:

    Last year my neighbour had a pair of sparrow settle in the outside wc - they used only the bes luxury loo roll to line the nest.

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  • 177. At 5:28pm on 26 May 2009, secondBryanH wrote:

    We have what appear to be Yellow tit chicks hatched in a dis-used external ashtray attached to the outside of our office premises with picture taken of the male or female flying out having fed the chicks.

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  • 178. At 5:43pm on 26 May 2009, jockey09 wrote:

    Hi my name is brittany and i am 9 years old.My dad played golf last week at blue mountain golf club .When they finished they had a drink and sat out side.They noticed a sign on one of the wall mounted ashtrays (please do not use brids nesting inside)they the noticed a bird flying in and out.

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  • 179. At 5:57pm on 26 May 2009, tjbenjamin wrote:

    does anyone know how i can add a picture???

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  • 180. At 6:01pm on 26 May 2009, tjbenjamin wrote:

    Hi Im Tarra 15 from witnesham,
    This year we have had to strange nest sights on our garden. The first is a bluetit nest in a Greek erne, which is place in one of our flower beds. This is the 4th time we have had bluetit's nesting in it and we have had chicks every year.
    The second is a pair of mallard ducks which nested in our barn owl box. Our box was made by my step-granddad a couple of years ago but so far we havent had any barn owls in it. I noticed the female fly in about a month ago, but we thought she might have just been looking in, we saw her go in again when she was being chased by two male duck. Last Saturday we noticed the female was agitated and kept looking up at the owl box from the ground and quaking. My dad went own to have a look and could hear cheeping coming from inside the box. He got his ladder and put it against the tree, he was going to carry them down in a bucket because it is 20ft up, as the ducklings couldnt get out because the ledge is in the middle of the box outside and then it goes down so they couldnt get up. As he opened the hatch one of the ducklings jumped out over his head, they all began to jump out, there were a few hiccups like one getting stuck upside down in the pergola under the tree. After all that we had 11 beautiful little ducklings which followed mum into the river. Sadly they havent come back yet but hopefully we will get more ducklings in the box next spring. I have pictures of both nest sights but couldn't work out how to send them.
    Thank you for reading
    Love the show
    Tarra xxx

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  • 181. At 6:01pm on 26 May 2009, Wndysearle wrote:

    Wanting to use our waterbutt for the first time this year to water new bedding plants we began to prime the hand pump. Imagine our surprise!!! As the pump handle was lowered we caught sight of a baby bird in the pump now filled with water!!! Quckly realising there was life we inspected the mechanism of the pump to find a complete nest of young chaffinches, six in total in a "floating nest" sadly very wet. Quick thinking, we dismantled the pump handle and retrieved the babies but alas the nest was destroyed. We made a new nest in a chocolate box with some hay and placed this in a our wooden bread box. Returning the young soaked babies in their new nest to the top of the waterbutt we waited to see if the mother would return. Thankfully she did!! Sadly this morning two chicks had been discarded from the new nest. The mother is still feeding and the other four are doing well.

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  • 182. At 6:22pm on 26 May 2009, groucho2003 wrote:

    We have a pigeon nesting on empty lawnmower boxes, where our timber is stored.(Part of an ironmongers).They seem to put up with us and the public passing by in the day.A woolly head has just appeared, as the first one has hatched.

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  • 183. At 6:39pm on 26 May 2009, freded258 wrote:

    We noticed the other day a Robin has built a nest in the flue from our bathroom extractor fan, but we have been beaten by our friend, who has a Blue tit nest inside the fork arm of his tratcor.

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  • 184. At 6:40pm on 26 May 2009, dunks418 wrote:

    We spotted a pair of blue tits that have nested in the raising barrier part of a train level crossing. It's on a main line so is a busy crossing. Every time a train comes (which is pretty often) the nest , which is part of the metal work of the gate, goes from horizontal to vertical. This doesn't stop the blue tits, they carry on going in and out whether the gate is up or down. Not sure how they managed to sit on the eggs whilst being tossed from side to side as the barriers go up and down! Not to mention the noise from the trains and the crossing alarm going off.

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  • 185. At 6:51pm on 26 May 2009, friendlygjwright wrote:

    In my lean-to I had a potato bag full of sticks to be used as kindling for our log burner. I decided to tidy up in there and on inspection of the bag found a robins nest with 7 eggs. We are pleased to say that the chicks have successfully fledged, with the help of a diet of mealworms, the parents still appear at the sound of removing the lid off the mealworm container, should we continue to provide the mealworms as it is costing a fortune.

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  • 186. At 6:54pm on 26 May 2009, Otter wrote:

    A few years ago when we were having the footings dug for our house, a blackbird built its nest in the part that makes the back bucket move on a JCB. (the JCB was in use too). Also a few years before that we had a yellow wagtail nest in a hanging basket. In 2007 we had a pied wagtail nest in our gutter.

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  • 187. At 6:57pm on 26 May 2009, charliethenewt wrote:

    I drove round to a fabricators to pick up some steel work that needed rewelding, as i was getting out the van i noticed a small bird flew out of one of those cigarette butt tins that attach to the wall, I went in and spoke to the owner, and he informed me that he had stopped all employees and customers from putting their dead ends in there because a blue tit had laid 2 eggs which have now hatched, a feat on its own what with all the grinding, burning and cutting going on around them, as well as the cars and vans pulling up all day long.

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  • 188. At 7:01pm on 26 May 2009, sensibleSandy wrote:

    Yesterday I went out to deadhead the roses in my front garden when something next to the rose bush caught my eye. It was a duck. I wasn't sure at first why it was there but as it moved I noticed about three eggs. She has been coming and going regularly and is obviously nesting in my flower bed! My son is completely enthralled and checks on her daily; she doesn't seem to mind us being about. I am concerned about what to do when the eggs hatch though - any advice?

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  • 189. At 7:02pm on 26 May 2009, charliethenewt wrote:

    about the fag butt blue tits..lol, the only reason the owner found out about the nest was when he opened up one morning all the fag butts were over the floor, he then had a look inside and saw the eggs.

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  • 190. At 7:03pm on 26 May 2009, NigPeeck wrote:

    How about a gatepost for a nest site!
    We heard this thumping noise, looked and and what do know - a Great Tit!

    Nigel
    Thornbury, South Glos.

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  • 191. At 7:03pm on 26 May 2009, Underwater_Liz wrote:

    On the railway rubble, about a foot away from the railway lines, at the Pont Brewit in North Wales (near to Llandecwyn station, SH 618 382) is an oystercatcher sitting on a clutch. Apparently train drivers thought she was plastic at first, as she doesn't move when the train gives her the horn, but she's been sitting there for at least a week and watches the trains go by. It's amazing that she's still there!

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  • 192. At 7:12pm on 26 May 2009, bigcowpat wrote:

    a black bird has nested in our shed in a coil of electric wires hung on the wall. it has laid two eggs in the nest.

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  • 193. At 7:17pm on 26 May 2009, strangeWoodcock wrote:

    A Tree Creepers nest sandwiched between a sign and a tree containing 3 chicks. Sign states 'CCTV IN OPERATION 24 HOURS A DAY'. That is what you could call 'Well covered a safe nest'

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  • 194. At 7:20pm on 26 May 2009, battlesteads wrote:

    We have a small country hotel in Northumberland and for a number of years the swallows have nested under our reception canopy. We installed a web cam last year and the swallows have decided to build their nest on top of the cameras plug socket.
    Incidentally we witnessed a massacre last year when an owl swooped in and wiped out the whole family, but that's nature.
    We have our own Springwatch whiteboard in the hotel where we encourage guests to report any interesting sightings which we then post to our web site www.battlesteads.com

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  • 195. At 7:23pm on 26 May 2009, jovialchicken wrote:


    Visited Ironbridge today, spotted a blue tit nesting behind one of the iron supports within the bridge itself.
    We also have robin nesting in a small watering can in our garden .Sending photos of both to springwatch.

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  • 196. At 7:30pm on 26 May 2009, Isabella_Gerard wrote:

    We have a wood pigeon nest on our satellite dish. We hope it doesnt stop us watching Springwatch !

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  • 197. At 7:32pm on 26 May 2009, higgsworld wrote:

    We have had some robins nesting in our wheelbarrow in the middle of our lawn. Our Grandfather had filled our wheelbarrow with cuttings from our hedge. The next day we noticed two robins flying in and out of the wheelbarrow making a nest. Two baby robins have now successfully fledged which made us feel very happy!

    Children Aged 7 and nearly 5.

    PS Our grandparents have a buzzard that comes every morning to eat off their birdtable. At the moment they are eating 'pigs trotters!'

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  • 198. At 7:38pm on 26 May 2009, superiorpartridge wrote:

    We have great tits nesting in a ceramic ornamental face hanging outside the main entrance our school- have a fuzzy photo - will post it on Flickr. The school entrance is a busy place but the great tits come and go quite happily.

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  • 199. At 7:44pm on 26 May 2009, Joannalewis wrote:

    I work at a research park in Cambridge. My collegue who drives the company tractor round site for matainence work (which is still used frequently), recently found a pair of robins nesting in the engine compartment of the tractor/digger!! You can also hear the chicks inside but not see them as yet! It would be great to get one springwatch's little cameras in there to see them!

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  • 200. At 7:45pm on 26 May 2009, camlan wrote:

    Today whilst in Lancaster town centre I saw a nest perched above a chinese restaurant, it had been built over some wires that go right through the nest, and they lead to a tv aerial which is right next to the nest.The nest is next to a bank and the street below was full of shoppers. I dont think anyone had noticed it. Unfortunately I didnt have my camera with me. A thrush was sitting in the nest and seemed oblivious to the busy street below

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  • 201. At 7:48pm on 26 May 2009, MisterP1066 wrote:

    Was down at John Lewis' Odney CLub in Cookham today. Noticed a tyre swing in the childrens' playground with a strange nest. The pictures are on the Flickr website and labelled as bluetit_01_090526 and bluetit_02_090526 if you're interested.

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  • 202. At 7:54pm on 26 May 2009, ciderwithlaurielee wrote:

    I have noticed a pair of blue tits nesting in the street lamp. there seems to be an opening (for the cables?) at the back of the glass lamp shade and they go in and out of there. This is the second year I have noticed this. We are on a new development (5 years) but it was once a huge moss and reed bed location so the wildlife have presumably adapted to the new environment?

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  • 203. At 7:55pm on 26 May 2009, dolelady wrote:

    Last July we went to Pleasure Island at Cleethorpes and saw some young swallows in a nest in the shed where the Dodg'ems were running. There was loud music playing and the swallows were sitting up in the nest and appeared to be swaying, all 3 together, in time to the music. An adult kept coming in and feeding them whilst this was going on! There were people queueing underneath them and there was a lot of activity and noise echoing around the shed!

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  • 204. At 8:04pm on 26 May 2009, treborhawk wrote:

    Hello,
    we have a Robin's nest built in an open box of wall tiles in the tile warehouse where I work.

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  • 205. At 8:07pm on 26 May 2009, GlenNorfolk wrote:

    We have a family of blue tits (I think) alive and well and living in a wall mounted cigarette bin / ash tray. It's mounted near our office door at one of the out-buildings at Police HQ in Wymondham, Norfolk.

    Luckily we're a healthy lot and so its new use as a nursery won't be disturbed by any stray ash!

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  • 206. At 8:11pm on 26 May 2009, twitchfest wrote:

    We have had a sucessful nest of Long Tailed Tits fledge from a nest built inside a disused wasps nest in our Ceanothus bush this Spring. The adults kept pecking and fluttering at our windows whilst making the nest. Can you tell us why this may have happened?
    Also tell Gordon we have holidayed in the most wonderful Cotswold cottage where the Badgers visit every night in the Summer months especially if you leave out leftovers from dinner! Such a thrill!
    Great programme as usual, thank you everyone.

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  • 207. At 8:22pm on 26 May 2009, Mikeremraf wrote:

    At my office in Bristol, we have a wall mounted cigarette bin outside the rear door. Some weeks ago we found all the cigarette ends scattered over the floor underneath the bin. The same thing happened each day for a few days and then it dawned on us that it might be a small bird clearing out our cigarette ends. Consequently, we stopped using it and sure enough we then saw a pair of blue tits flying in and out of the bin. There are now a number (we cannot see how many) of baby blue tits being fed regularly by Mum and Dad and making quite a racket in the process. We are waiting to see how the youngsters manage to get out when it's time to fly. Oh! and we've had to find somewhere else for the cigarette ends.

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  • 208. At 8:24pm on 26 May 2009, Acornhouse wrote:

    We had a great tits nest in the bird table that was laying down on the floor, we were keeping a close eye on it because of the squirels. They have fledged now.

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  • 209. At 8:26pm on 26 May 2009, ozanaminsnowdon wrote:

    We have a pair of breeding blue tits that are nesting in our wall mounted ash tray outside the entrance of our centre, here in North Wales. How do I post a picture?

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  • 210. At 8:41pm on 26 May 2009, welchy4478 wrote:

    On my dads farm, we spotted a blue tits nest in an old rusty gate post - the blue tits access the nest through a very narrow slot where the bolt of the gate goes in! They looked very comfortable and snug! We also spotted a fantastic nest of pied wagtails tucked away inside a very old, disused, rusty diesel pump - these also looked extremely comfy, with at least 3 chicks (that we could make out) - I managed to take a fab photo of this which I will try and post!

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  • 211. At 8:41pm on 26 May 2009, Faustusk wrote:

    I have just posted a photo of a blue tit on Flickr, which has decided to set up home in the old disused bell pull at Blickling Hall. He can be seen flitting in and out all day.

    Faustusk

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  • 212. At 8:43pm on 26 May 2009, supafletch1 wrote:

    I was visiting my parents on the weekend (Blackwood, South Wales) and noticed a blue tit flying into a wall. My Mother then told me that it was nesting in the wall. This wall is made of flagstones and only a foot high.
    I was also shocked to see bees trying to nest in the grass.

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  • 213. At 8:44pm on 26 May 2009, kandac wrote:

    We have a blue tit nest in the top of a soil pipe even though it has a plastic mesh cover.
    Kandac

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  • 214. At 8:50pm on 26 May 2009, Niferbrown wrote:

    We had a pair of Robins nesting in the extractor fan on the outside wall of our house. The cover had fallen off and inside were 5 babies. All have flown the nest now and can be seen in the garden now and then being fed by parents.

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  • 215. At 8:54pm on 26 May 2009, purplefish345 wrote:

    blue tits nesting at the bottom of a 4ft upright drain pipe in wiltshire used as a fence post in a farmers field

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  • 216. At 8:57pm on 26 May 2009, littleloughrigg wrote:

    Anyone travelling to Martins Haven in Pembrokeshire and wanting to visit the loo on the way to catching the ferry to Skomer might need to run the gauntlet of the swallows that have taken up residence in the toilet block(at least 3 pairs in the gents). The only way in and out (birds and people) is through the single door. When I was there a couple of weeks ago, the swallows were flying in and out every few seconds. Inside, it is very noisy and quite disconcerting trying to have a "comfort break" with swallows flying around at floor level.

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  • 217. At 8:58pm on 26 May 2009, Cathay1 wrote:

    I was walking along the Millwood Trail in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District yesterday and heard the sound of young birds twittering coming from an old metal gatepost. I watched for a couple of minutes and saw a blue tit fly down and enter the gatepost by a small hole and leave via the same hole a few moments later.

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  • 218. At 8:59pm on 26 May 2009, danwj7 wrote:

    I went to a bbq at my brothers house and there was a bird box out side his kitchen window and a great tit had made a perfect nest on top of an ideal home.

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  • 219. At 9:03pm on 26 May 2009, astrodazzlingdaz wrote:

    we have a blackbirds nest in our newquay palm tree.she has been nesting two years now and had 2 years of birds..she waits on the fense before going in then darts out after feeding also unusual is there is a wrens nest nesting somewhere below her but we cannot find her nest but we know she.s there as we can here the babies when she approaches..thsnks darren

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  • 220. At 9:03pm on 26 May 2009, ladyconstantine wrote:

    We have a bluetit's nest in the air extractor vent for our downstairs toilet by our back door. The slats for this vent are angling upwards and close together so the bluetits have to land on the nearby wall, and then fly across to the vent and at the last minute stretch out their feet and duck between the slats. This is the third year that they have used this nest. The babies are very vocal at the moment, somewhat disconcerting when you are using the loo!!.

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  • 221. At 9:05pm on 26 May 2009, marypurves wrote:

    A Wagtail has made its nest, for the 2nd year running, in the boom cover on a yacht in the marina at Burnham.

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  • 222. At 9:05pm on 26 May 2009, bristol_caz wrote:

    i was suprised to come across a strange guest at butlins when i was there at the begining of may. there was a seagull nesting on the crazy golf course!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21611523@N04/3567157633/in/pool-bbcspringwatch

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  • 223. At 9:06pm on 26 May 2009, mrsearl wrote:

    I have a nest of wrens in my windchimes, which hang off of a swinging chair! There are at least 3 babies, they must get rather seasick in the recent high winds and will hang out of the chimes watcing my mother weed the patio right below them!

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  • 224. At 9:07pm on 26 May 2009, smilingmonkeycat wrote:

    during a recent trip to gullivors kingdom a theme park in milton keynes me and my daughter were on the dodgems when we saw a baby black bird on the floor nearly getting run over. just above it in the roof you could see the nest it had fallen from so not wanting it to get hurt i picked it up and placed it back in the nest only for the mother to attack my hand thats all the thanks i got for saving her baby.but seriously you would think they would have found a safer place to nest

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  • 225. At 9:08pm on 26 May 2009, pennster93 wrote:

    We have a pair of collared doves nesting on our satalite dish. They have been returning to nest there for 3 years now and have been successful in raising their young.

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  • 226. At 9:11pm on 26 May 2009, mrsearl wrote:

    I have a nest of wrens in my windchimes, which hang off of a swinging chair! There are at least 3 babies, they must get rather seasick in the recent high winds and will hang out of the chimes watcing my mother weed the patio right below them!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38828889@N06/3567134375/in/pool-bbcspringwatch/

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  • 227. At 9:12pm on 26 May 2009, profoundAbriel wrote:

    can't send a picture but a couple of years ago we had robins nesting in the eye-level grill pan of an old gas cooker we had stored in our garden shed pending disposal.The parents had to fly in through a narrow gap at the top of the shed door to fill the tray with grass etc and then to provide an almost constant supply of food for the babies. Sadly, we never saw them fledge, but have always hoped they survived the neighbourhood cats etc. We kept having to apologise to our neighbours because our lawn didn't get mowed once that spring, so fearful were we of disturbing our litte visitors by getting the lawn mower out.

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  • 228. At 9:12pm on 26 May 2009, ianhunt01 wrote:

    I have just found Blackbirds nesting in my Fairground ride I am restoring. Posted a few pictures and they are riding free of charge. Hope to see the young ones soon.

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  • 229. At 9:15pm on 26 May 2009, Andythomson wrote:

    Hi

    I have a picture of a Thrush family that made it's nest in a set of traffic lights next to my house in Leeds last year. They built it on top of the cover of the amber light. Quite an annoying place to get to sleep I would imagine what with the red light coming on constantly. The people and council of Leeds impressed me by leaving the nest alone till well after the chicks had fledged.
    I have seen another Thrush nest in a different set of lights this year, seems to be a popular spot, perhaps the lights give of a little heat.

    Andy Thomson

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  • 230. At 9:16pm on 26 May 2009, Andythomson wrote:

    oops, Also here is the link to the photo I took.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38748060@N07/3563408409/

    Sorry forgot to include it in my previous message


    Andy

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  • 231. At 9:16pm on 26 May 2009, TheBaxendaleFamily wrote:

    Hi
    Last year we had a nest of robins in a carling beer box by the back door. the Robins actually had 2 nests.

    we have loads of pics and it was lovely to see... especially for our kids and Us:-)

    We have left the nest but nothign this year.

    And Mark still cannot drink the 8 cans of beer left in the box :-)))



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  • 232. At 9:18pm on 26 May 2009, Rob Ward wrote:

    While on holiday in Devon earlier this year, I video'd a pigeon inside a storm drain overflow pipe in a sea wall.
    I will upload the vid to SW.

    Rob

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  • 233. At 9:20pm on 26 May 2009, skicharles93 wrote:

    Similar story to ladyconstatine's above; a total of six baby blue tits have been found in my mother-in-law's (she lives in London Colney)upstairs bathroom. They seem to have come up from a hole in the floor under the bath so must have nested somewhere in the cavity between the ceiling of the ground floor and the floor of the first floor...we're still trying to work out exactly where and how they got in and out!

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  • 234. At 9:24pm on 26 May 2009, SusanSheldon wrote:

    Hello, My Name is Amy-Jo, Well Ive seen an unusual nest site at a garden Centre in a stand that is selling hooks that hang up lanterns on a garden wall. The nest was holding blackbirds and they looked pretty much ready for fledging! The site was bordered off from visiters but I managed to get a picture as the mother came in to feed them! They looked very cosy and the strangest but the closest Ive ever been to a nest!!!!! Thank You !!

    Amy-Jo

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  • 235. At 9:24pm on 26 May 2009, neonKaren007 wrote:

    We have blue tits nesting in an old victorian water pump..

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  • 236. At 9:25pm on 26 May 2009, wi11iam5 wrote:

    We have Robins nesting in the 'pump house' of our golf course irrigation system, Newton Aycliffe, Co.Durham.

    There is a small hole in the timber around the roof, just large enough to allow the birds in and out. The nest has been made just above the control board, and parents don't seem too concerned about our presence when changing the control board settings.

    See photos on FlickR.

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  • 237. At 9:27pm on 26 May 2009, awesomebambam01 wrote:

    i don't have a photo of them but there is a family of blue tits nesting in a hole in a lamp post near my house.

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  • 238. At 9:28pm on 26 May 2009, stewarttough wrote:

    When we was holidaying at Glencoe my wife and I went to Tobermory on the ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish Pier. We saw a nest of either a swallow or swift on the electric cable carrier near the ferry's bridge. When the ferry left Lochaline the parents flew off when we were about 100 yards from land and didn't return. When we returned by the same route the parents flew back to the nest as we approached Lochaline. I took a photograph of the nest which looks like a ball of mud stuck on the cable carrier.

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  • 239. At 9:30pm on 26 May 2009, SuePlatts wrote:

    We have found a Blue Tits nest in the top of our patio heater. This winter the whole thing blew over and broke in two. As it seem to make an extremely good nesting site, we are going to set the top of the heater into a post in a more secluded part of the garden and hope that it will be used again as a nest site. As you can imagine the way the umbrella like canopy served well as a deterrent to anything larger than the blue tit for getting in. Once we have resited the heater I will try and send a photo for you to see.

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  • 240. At 9:31pm on 26 May 2009, ruinedmill wrote:

    We have a pair of swallows who have returned again to nest in our garage, not strange? The Garage is locked at night so we have made a slot for them to get in and out of the garage when the door is shut. They happily use it to exit in the morning but will not enter again by that way. Instead they fly around or sit in our courtyard waiting for one of us to come out of the back door, we are then left in no doubt that they want the garage to be opened, by chirping, flying slowly closely around us and landing on the nearest available point to us or the door. They are not agressive and routinely will sit very close to us when in the garage, not at all concerned when they are shut in for the night. These birds are definitely the same pair who raised two successful broods here last year 5+4 as this behaviour is so distinctive. We have also noticed a pair of swifts nesting in our house roof this year, along with many pairs of sparrows and starlings. The starlings mobbed them at one point and brought one of them down, I can definitely confirm that swifts can take off again from the ground, contrary to popular belief!

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  • 241. At 9:31pm on 26 May 2009, Stu_Gem_and_H_man wrote:

    Hi Guys,

    Think the new format and team are great, but get well soon Bill and maybe you'll all be together for Autumnwatch.
    I work in a Nursery (plants not kids!) and we have a blackbird with chicks born this week nesting in a display trolley of Strawberry plants, will upload photos tomorrow.

    Stu Gem and the H man

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  • 242. At 9:36pm on 26 May 2009, John wrote:

    Ok this may not be true as I was told about this by someone in the village earlier.
    The said there next door neighbour due to sunshine got out a very small padling pool and filled it with water (of course). The thing is apparrently a willow warbler started to make a nest. Ok I have'nt seen this with my own eyes but is it possible it could be true?

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  • 243. At 9:37pm on 26 May 2009, pathwaydiscoveryland wrote:

    Strange nest! While we were on holiday in Weymouth at Easter, we saw a pigeon nesting in a road drain on a Westham Road bridge across the river into Weymouth. One pigeon on the nest and another kept bringing nesting materials. They were not bothered by our close proximity. I took a couple of photos.

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  • 244. At 9:37pm on 26 May 2009, Cazza wrote:

    The strangest birds nest site I have seen belonged to a collared dove last Spring. It was built on a basket ball hoop in someones back garden in Cleethorpes.

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  • 245. At 9:41pm on 26 May 2009, gentlemanAlanBow wrote:

    I have a friend in America who sent me a photo of a bird nesting in her hanging basket.

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  • 246. At 9:44pm on 26 May 2009, jcryer wrote:

    Not birds but bees... We've had honey bees nesting in our chimney for about 5 years now. They generally mind their own business, and the odd one finds its way into our bedroom via the chimney breast (we've never managed to find where the gap is). This spring they decided to swarm - I took a great photo from out the window in the loft. I thought that would mean that they'd move on, but they still appear to be going strong.

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  • 247. At 9:45pm on 26 May 2009, magnusmouse wrote:

    This is an enterprising Mallard nesting in a plant bed between a security office and a pizza restaurant at Aspects Leisure complex in Bedford. As you can see, she has a 'healthy' diet of pizza crust and I assume that she has her own personal security company looking after her as well. I love the way she has utterly trashed the gaudy flower display leaving just the little narcissus in front of the nest. As you can see, the nest is in plain view and many people walk past it everyday. http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/magnusmouse/PlantsAnNanimals02#5340233244372100770

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  • 248. At 9:51pm on 26 May 2009, swallowjet wrote:

    A local garage has a jet fighter displayed on thier forecourt, while looking at the cars we saw a pair of swllows were nesting in the exhaust of the jet.

    Love the program (get well soon Bill), but love 'Springwatch Unsprung'.

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  • 249. At 9:55pm on 26 May 2009, tiesea wrote:

    i went to the imperial war museum for my birthday 2 weekends ago and in the loading hatches of the both the great big guns outside there was starling bringing food to there nests. i coul hear the babies in the gun barrels cheaping.

    Sean age 7

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  • 250. At 9:55pm on 26 May 2009, magnusmouse wrote:

    Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that you need to look at the picture here http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/magnusmouse/PlantsAnNanimals02#5340233244372100770 and the following 8 pics.


    Cheers


    Magnus

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  • 251. At 10:07pm on 26 May 2009, choirboynorm wrote:

    Saw the programme tonight. I will try and get a photo of the pigeon on the carwash even though this might involve a wet suit. If successful I will e-mail the photo to you. Love the programme by the way

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  • 252. At 10:21pm on 26 May 2009, blueappletree wrote:

    about 15 years ago my father-in-law used to drive a school bus,and noticed that a 'dunnock'?(small sparrow like bird, which whistles)had made a nest behind the front Destination Board in the Roof. When he set off in the morning at 7:45am the 'mother bird' would perch on the wing mirror and ride on the bus for a distance of approx 1/4 mile, and then fly off, always at the same spot. When he returned at 9am the mother bird would meet him at the same spot and ride on the wing mirror back to his base. This continued for some time,each morning and afternoon of the school run, untill the chicks sucessfully fledged and left the nest. (Skegness. Lincolnshire)

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  • 253. At 10:25pm on 26 May 2009, leg end wrote:

    I apologise for it being a bit 'off topic' but I was wondering if anyone could tell me what built this nest - you can see it at http://www.wdlowe.f2s.com/09Spain/160420092137.jpg on page http://www.wdlowe.f2s.com/09Spain/09SpainPortRet.htm
    We saw it in mid April in Costa de Santo Andre in Portugal.
    It's a mystery to me.
    I look forward to some ideas
    David

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  • 254. At 10:34pm on 26 May 2009, lesleyeldridge wrote:

    Birds nesting in our East Yorkshire garden.....we have 3 tit boxes, 3 robin type boxes, a sparrow terrace and a bat box. Occasionally, the tit boxes are occupied. The others fail to attract residents. However, we regularly have blackbirds, thrush, wrens and dunnocks nesting...where? we have attached trellis to hide the breezeblock boundary wall. It is covered with a variety of shrubs and climbers and so provides excellent nesting opportunities for our feathered friends......but last year we discovered that collared doves were attracted to the petunias in a hanging basket attached to out clothes pole. One day, when watering the basket, I discovered 2 white eggs lying on top of the soil. There was no sign of nest building... the doves simply sat on the hanging basket and soon 2 chicks hatched!

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  • 255. At 10:38pm on 26 May 2009, auntmarygeorge wrote:

    I have honey bee nest up in the corner of a window. It's been there a year now and survived the harsh winter. It now covers one window pane 30 x 20 cm and has 8 combs.

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  • 256. At 10:40pm on 26 May 2009, loon-1 wrote:

    Hi pete here.I work at a theme park,and we have wagtails nesting in our pirate ship swing boat.How the eggs/chicks stay in,we dont know.Thay nest at the back of the boat,and this boat swings up to 40feet high.AMAZING.

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  • 257. At 10:43pm on 26 May 2009, smashinghollytree wrote:

    A robin has built a nest in the helmet and ear muffs used for chain sawing.

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  • 258. At 10:49pm on 26 May 2009, natureofwales wrote:

    there is a bridge in a town called pendhryndeudrath here in north wales in wich cars and a train cross
    and it looks to as there is an oyster cachter nesting right next to the railwy track on the ballast

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  • 259. At 11:03pm on 26 May 2009, toddy12a wrote:

    We have Oyster Catchers nesting literally an inch from the rails of a busy freight line in Kingmoor Yard, Carlisle. This is the second year now and they're in exactly the same spot! They're feisty little things too!!

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  • 260. At 11:15pm on 26 May 2009, mrshickley wrote:

    Not a strange nest site, but a strange tale regarding fledglings: whilst out walking with my partner last year, he stopped to undo a gate. As he did so, a baby tree creeper, just fledged, on its flight to leave the nest for the first time, landed on his (baldish) head! I bet not many people can say that theye've had a baby tree creeper land on their head

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  • 261. At 11:56pm on 26 May 2009, iancr7 wrote:

    Theres a Gull quite happily nesting at Cardiff Queen St station on a currently disused platform but within 10ft of a live rail line that sees over 10 train services an hour and thousands of passengers a day.

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  • 262. At 00:08am on 27 May 2009, judebw wrote:

    We have robins nesting beneath the springs of our trampoline

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  • 263. At 00:38am on 27 May 2009, Pablolias wrote:

    two that i know of first one is a pair of collard doves nesting behind a neighbours satalite dish and my favourate is blue tits nesting in a hole in the pole supporting traffic lights at the foot of a steep canal bridge thanks Paul in Liverpool

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  • 264. At 09:23am on 27 May 2009, brownredbell wrote:

    I found these oyster catcher eggs in our busy car park at Knockbreck Primary School in Tain Northern Scotland.I am in p5/6 john

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  • 265. At 09:24am on 27 May 2009, ellieineccles wrote:

    We had a collared dove nesting on the bracket of our satellite dish. Unfortunately the egg fell or was blown out of the nest so it didn't survive :(. We are hoping the couple will try again! Enjoying the shows, love from Ellie x

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  • 266. At 09:37am on 27 May 2009, turrawullie wrote:

    I attended a wedding at Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire on the 1st of May 2009 and was surprised to see an oyster catcher nesting in a large `flower pot/stone feature` about 4 feet off the ground near the entrance. It seemed quite unconcerned with all the stir going on around the nest. I am told oyster catchers have nested here regularly over many years. Quite likely someone else may have reported this before.

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  • 267. At 09:39am on 27 May 2009, artisticwarrior wrote:

    Whilst on holiday in Cromer two weeks ago we came across a swan that had built her nest on the very edge on the main coastal road just outside Stiff Key.Admittedly the police had put up warning signs in both directions.. As I approached, about 25yds from the nest sight, she got up out of her nest and walked straight across the road to reach the water... without looking..!
    I stopped the car and took some pics of her and her nest and saw five eggs..
    We just hope when the signets are ready to leave the nest 'Mum' teaches her not to cross the road before looking both ways....!
    Love the new show
    Prefer the 'new' bloke

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  • 268. At 09:45am on 27 May 2009, millstones67 wrote:

    We have some Blue Tits nesting in our cigarette disposal box outside our Restaurant!!

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  • 269. At 09:54am on 27 May 2009, awen_oak wrote:

    I have a pair of swallows nesting on a ledge in my stable - they regularly have me, the pony and a cat going in an out but can't be that bothered if they have built their nest there! They are lovely, and although there are no chicks (or eggs I don't think) yet, I do look forward to it (despite the trail of poo from the door to the nest, not being able to use a section of the stable under the nest due to poo and not being able to close the top stable door). They are also being a great help at keeping the flies down in my stable - in the warm weather there is often a cloud of them in the middle, but this has been greatly reduced since they moved in - no need for artificial fly traps for the comfort of the pony. Just hope they have everything they need!

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  • 270. At 10:04am on 27 May 2009, meonomous wrote:

    On the topic of Willow Warbler nests being found on the ground, three years ago I had one juts like that in my garden. It was sited in the middle of a small meadow-like part of a half acre garden.
    The area of grass was only about 4m x 6m square and bordered by apple trees mainly. There were two or tree clumps of grass whihc had grown and tumbled over and under one of these the Willow Warbler nest.
    as there are cats, as you would expect, in the area it was a crazy place to nest. When I discovered it there were already 6 egg in the nest, so to protect it from predation or disturbace I placed an upturned plastic milk crate over it with chicken netting attached leaving one hole big enough fo the pair to access.
    The eggs hatched amazingly. All six. But soon after i think it was the female who got predated by a local cat. I watched the other guessing the male) bravely kept feeding the chicks until I noticed one by one they died over a two or three day period. Succumbing to starvation or the wet weather which came in.
    A sad but inevitable end, but for a while I had incredible views of them popping in and out of this oddly located nest.

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  • 271. At 10:09am on 27 May 2009, Mbaradan wrote:

    There is a swan nesting right next to the road, not far from Pensthorpe. It is on the opposite side of the road out of Cley, going away from Blakeney, the opposite side from the maarshes, not far from the Norfolk Naturalist Centre. There is a 'Police - Slow' sign in place. We had a wonderful day out in Pensthorpe with our family on Monday.

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  • 272. At 10:11am on 27 May 2009, libletp wrote:

    I have a metal bird structure in my garden and for the last three years, wrens have nested inside it. They go in through the bird's belly and it's magical to watch.

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  • 273. At 10:20am on 27 May 2009, capital-j wrote:

    we have a jenny wren nesting in a hanging basket at the front of our house. we have not been able to re-do the basket which is currently planted with winter pansies. we have not taken any photos because we do not want to disturb it! my husband and I were wondering if this has happened to anyone else or is this a first?!

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  • 274. At 10:21am on 27 May 2009, welshmalmalt wrote:

    In March and April a blackbird tried about seven times to build a nest in the wheel arch of our truck between dawn and about 7.30 am. Since the truck is used every day all her hard work was wasted! Eventually she gave up. I've posted three photos of this busy bird - but I haven't used flikr before - so I'm not sure if they will appear here too??

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  • 275. At 10:44am on 27 May 2009, smilingLizzy1 wrote:

    I have a Mallard Duck who has nested in the middle of my allotment plot - I guess that she thought it was safe as it was a bit over grown!

    Anyway, yesterday she became the proud Mum of two baby ducklings and hopefully there will be more today. Not sure how she plans on getting the little ones out of our plot when the time is right as it is fully enclosed.

    Allotments are the 'In' place to be so obviously the word is out in the duck world too!

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  • 276. At 10:59am on 27 May 2009, BeeredupEverly wrote:

    We have a family of Bluetits in our wall mounted ashtray outside our factory. Every morning we would come into work and there would be a pile of cigarette ends on the floor. For several weeks we thought someone was playing a practical joke, but it became apparent that we had a nesting pair of tits. Everybody has stopped using the ashtray and we now have a family of smelly tits, probably with astham!

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  • 277. At 11:13am on 27 May 2009, charpete wrote:

    I found a great tit nesting in the exhaust pipe of a JCB digger. I first saw this bird which was a strange sooty colour and thought it was a rarity so I followed it and that was how I found it's nest. I do have a photo of it about to enter the pipe.

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  • 278. At 11:16am on 27 May 2009, lusciouslily2 wrote:

    We have a pair of wrens that are successfully nesting in an old house martins nest,also we get sparrows in h'martins nests, and now the h'martins have returned and want their nests back so there is always a bit of a scrap going on under the eaves of our cottage.
    Also, I was so appalled to read about the killing, still going on of song birds in countries like Cyprus, why aren't they prosecuted if they belong to the EU.Thanks Gill Goodlife.

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  • 279. At 11:16am on 27 May 2009, Beeing-Nesta wrote:

    BUMBLE BEES AND NOT BIRDS' NESTS, A GLIMPSE INSIDE, JUST ONCE PLEASE
    I was very interested to read someone's comments, yesterday, about a Bumble Bee nest at the base of an over-wintered banana tree.
    Bumble bees are endangered and it would be so interesting to know more about them. How about the BBC Springwatch team helping out and using some of your amazing cameras to allow us to see what happens inside the Bumbles' nest?
    I googled nesting boxes, and discovered that Bumble Bee nesting boxes are just like bird boxes. The insides are nothing like honeybee hives. Bumble Bees also pollenate flowers, so how come their nests are so different?
    And Bumble Bees don't have a giant conservation organisation like the RSPB behind their conservation, so how about the BBC giving those fat little Bumbles a bit of a boost? Please?

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  • 280. At 11:18am on 27 May 2009, Ducatistalady wrote:

    A pair of blackbirds set up home on the top of the green light in a set of traffic lights in the centre of Leeds. Everytime the lights changed to amber you could see the chicks in the nest. They have now successfully fledged. I have a photo of the (now empty) nest.

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  • 281. At 11:20am on 27 May 2009, DavidRowley wrote:

    We have a Great Tit that has nested for the second year running in a gap in the concrete between the yorkshire boarding on the garage wall. Last year, as the youngsters fledged, they flew across the yard and landed near a cherry tree. I had to shoo them across the remainder of the yard into the opposing wood as the cat could hear them chirping. We also have, for the third year running, a family of swallows that share the stable with one of our horses. You have to duck fast when you go to feed the horses lest you might get hit!!! We also have a family of bats that live nearby and swoop around the house on the evening, collecting insects. We have put up 2 nestboxes and we're hoping for some more lodgers soon. William, our 8 yr old, is facinated by Spring and Autumnwatch and has had a half hour extension to bedtime so he can watch the programmes. It's wonderful stuff that you're all doing. Thanks.

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  • 282. At 11:23am on 27 May 2009, supapoppylops wrote:

    This is a strange happening rather than place,some time ago ( a good few weeks) a pair of Blue-tits were nesting in a box when after a few weeks BOTH birds were seen to come out of that box and enter the one next to it, for at least a week they were using both boxes, maybe longer. They are still in the second box now, some weeks later. What is happening?

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  • 283. At 11:46am on 27 May 2009, freyrolo wrote:

    HELP!!!
    Blackbirds have built a nest under the rear wheel arch of my Land Rover on the exhaust box. I only found this last night after noticing the female fly out as I opened the back of the car.The nest has five warm eggs in but unbelievably the car has been used daily, even being taken on a 100 mile round trip at the weekend. I need the vehicle on the road so does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do without destroying the nest and eggs?

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  • 284. At 11:54am on 27 May 2009, nativegardener wrote:

    My sparrows have run out of room in the roof and have made an additional nest in a bat box! Its very funny watching them squeeze into the box through the slit at the bottom!

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  • 285. At 11:57am on 27 May 2009, rach33rd wrote:

    We discovered a robin's nest in a stack of old seed trays in our greenhouse, she had 3 eggs, 2 hatched but not seen them for a while.

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  • 286. At 12:03pm on 27 May 2009, Highfieldlaticsfan wrote:

    I was out walking on the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Appley Bridge near Wigan yesterday with my wife.

    We came across a small colony of Sand Martins,perhaps 3 or 4 pairs nesting in drainage pipes in the wall of the canal.

    One pipe was only a few feet above the water level.

    I've been observing birds in the Wigan area for many years but have never ever seen a Sand Martin and would never have imagined coming across them in this location.

    I was thrilled and amazed.

    Neil Ferguson

    Wigan.

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  • 287. At 12:28pm on 27 May 2009, kingfisherchris wrote:

    A pair of Great Tits are nesting inside a hollow metal signpost pole. The post is right next to a railway line and supports a sign warning people to stop etc as it is an unmarked level crossing.

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  • 288. At 12:57pm on 27 May 2009, Acornhouse wrote:

    About 2 months ago we noticed a female blackbird making a nest in a bush right beside the front door. We thought something had happened to her has havent seen her since, but I noticed this morning as I was looking out of the window that she is back sitting on eggs, not sure how many. Could this be a 2nd batch of eggs she is sitting on?

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  • 289. At 1:03pm on 27 May 2009, Dunnock1 wrote:

    A couple of years ago, a robin nested in the office of one of the acdemics at the university in which I work. The nest was built on one of the bookshelves and the young birds successfully fledged.

    Also, my local B&Q store have a pair of nesting robins (and have done for the last couple of years). The male is often on top of the metal shelving (inside the warehouse) singing.

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  • 290. At 1:20pm on 27 May 2009, sally_powell18 wrote:

    We have a small in-shot between our living room and Kitchen that is about 6 feet by 2 feet. A pigeon has laid 2 eggs on the ground in which they are due to hatch this Sunday or Monday. The pigeon originally laid the eggs without a nest but with a few days the parents to be had made the most perfect nest around the eggs.
    Hopefully will be able to capture the hatching of the eggs on film as there is a window for video access.
    Any advice would be gratefully appreciated!

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  • 291. At 1:37pm on 27 May 2009, Ex-bat1 wrote:

    Maybe not that unusual,but, having purchased two preformed House Martins nests,as they were the wrong camber for my eaves I put them in one of the stables, we now have a wren nesting happily in one.
    Secondly as the decline of birds is of worry at present, for the last 5 years at least we have had a Bluetit nesting in a cavity wall very near our back door, not this year. I was also shocked at the loss of numbers of Bluetits that visited to our bird table this last winter

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  • 292. At 2:10pm on 27 May 2009, Herp_Girl wrote:

    i volunteer at wood green animal shelter near Huntingdon, we have squillions of sparrows nesting in the top of the dog kennels. Last year a teeny weeny baby one was found on the floor of a kennel half-dead. We revived him up in surgery and I hand-reared him. He was so cheeky.He went to St Tiggywinkles to be released (I saw my first red kite the day we took him). He started his life in the top of a dog kennel, fell out all naked and blind and pink. His next nest was a tupperware box lined with kitchen towel in an old vivarium! Both pretty weird nesting sites in my opinion. I posted a picture of him in the pictures section.

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  • 293. At 2:21pm on 27 May 2009, ladycranny wrote:

    A wren has made her nest in the catch rope I use to round up my alpacas. I think there are 4 babies inside. I have posted a picture on flickr.

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  • 294. At 2:25pm on 27 May 2009, Ed Drewitt wrote:

    This year in Bristol we had a pair of ravens nesting on top of one of the old docks cranes which are now museum pieces on the Floating Harbour in the centre of urban Bristol! A contrast to those pairs nesting on cliffs and in trees!

    Ed

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  • 295. At 2:29pm on 27 May 2009, lavenderskylark wrote:

    looks like theres a bit of a theme with blue tits nesting in cigarette boxes! we have 1 at the pub where i work in the staff cigarette bin, the rising sun at woodland. we have put up a notice and the chicks have hatched on bank holiday weekend.they seem to be doing well dispite the constant comings and goings of all the tradesmen through the door right next to the nest!

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  • 296. At 2:33pm on 27 May 2009, curlyhairedcleaner wrote:

    Last year my boyfriend discovered a song thrush nest up a tower crane at his work in Sheffield. The crane was due to be taken down so they moved the nest onto a nearby piece of scaffolding and the eggs hatched and the chicks fledged.

    See the photos here

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38821583@N04/3569497353/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38821583@N04/3569497489/in/photostream/

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  • 297. At 2:33pm on 27 May 2009, DENNISWRAGG wrote:

    While visiting friends in Wrexham at the weekend I noticed a blue tit going in through one of the small holes at the bottom of a patio heater
    After closer inspection it revealed a nest on top of the gas cylinder
    and four small chicks on the bottom of the unit.

    Will have to wait before using the patio heater hope it does not get to cold

    Dennis A. Wragg 27 May 2009

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  • 298. At 2:41pm on 27 May 2009, bioFiona wrote:

    Where my daughter works at Botany Bay in Chorley. A Robin as nested in a herb pot in the garden centre. There was 6 eggs and we know that up to now 4 have hatched.

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  • 299. At 2:47pm on 27 May 2009, Ed Drewitt wrote:

    The eggs in the photo links on Comment 296 are actually of mistle thrushes - what a fab location. Normally mistle thrushes nest in the apex of branches in large trees but a crane seems a good alternative. They sometimes nest on traffic lights in town centres too!

    Ed

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  • 300. At 2:57pm on 27 May 2009, Craig McGowan wrote:

    We live in Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey.
    We have some sparrows who have set up their nest in the exhuast outlet pipe, which comes out under the eaves of our house, and which is attached to the bathroom extractor fan

    Craig McGowan and Sheona Gosney

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  • 301. At 3:09pm on 27 May 2009, Hostachristine wrote:

    A pair of ducks come back year after year to a nest high in the ivy on a wall in Edinburgh, and then the young ones leap to the pavement several feet below. This is in Great King Street in the Georgian New Town. The only problem is that the young ones sometimes miss the pavement and drop even further down into the basment area. But it can take passers-by by surprise as the little ones suddenly launch themselves out into space. Quite a sight to behold!

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  • 302. At 3:16pm on 27 May 2009, julesl09 wrote:

    I have a wall hanging flower basket with windows 3 feet away on either side and 6 feet away from my back door, where a Wren is currently nesting, must have chicks as adults are constantly in and out with feed in beaks. Not at all affected by our presence, quite happy to hop around within 2 feet of my feet.

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  • 303. At 3:17pm on 27 May 2009, mamasavannah wrote:

    A pigeon has built her nest in a large green monster's mouth at the entrance to the Ghost Train at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The monster is suspended above the track where the visitors get on, and it constantly moves backwards and forwards throughout the day. The pigeon is obviously sitting on eggs, and she is totally oblivious to the comings and goings of all the visitors as they queue for the ride. She is very clearly visible, so have a look if you go to to the Pleasure Beach.
    I'm a bit worried about the dangers that the chicks will encounter when they start learning to fly!

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  • 304. At 3:26pm on 27 May 2009, avrobaby607 wrote:

    At the North East Aircraft Museum there are lots of birds nesting in some very strange places. Inside hanger 1 - we have numerous nests and the mess to go with it. On our Avro Vulcan we have had thrushes nesting on the legs ( but they have fledged now ) and birds nesting inside the English Electric Canberra aircraft too.

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  • 305. At 3:37pm on 27 May 2009, happyCaza wrote:

    We are having building work done and 2 pied wagtails nested in a skip the builder's were still using.

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  • 306. At 3:40pm on 27 May 2009, canalknowledge wrote:

    There are some Tits (probably Great) nesting in the paddle part of the lock gate at Garston lock, on the Kennet. They don't seem to be affected by the raising and lowering of the paddles and there is obviously an abundance of insect life around as the adults are constantly in and out of the gap where the marker rises and falls. It was wonderful to watch and I was disappointed when the lock had filled and we had to move on.
    We have also noticed some in an old metal post in the cow fields in Coley Park, Reading.

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  • 307. At 3:41pm on 27 May 2009, Welshhappygardener wrote:

    Once again a great show with lots of interest. We had a robin nesting in the gas meter cupboard next to the font door which is in use all day every day. They all successfully fledged.

    Keep up the good work
    Welshhappygardener

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  • 308. At 3:42pm on 27 May 2009, happyCaza wrote:

    Love the new show - love the new guy!!!

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  • 309. At 3:46pm on 27 May 2009, Janells wrote:

    Some blackbirds successfully brought up their young on the seat of the old privy built onto my house, behind lots of old canes and wire netting. Not sure how the cat didn't find them! (Privy seat is a slab of wood with hole so they had lots of room on the wood).

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  • 310. At 3:53pm on 27 May 2009, steelpurplelavender wrote:

    in our local paper there is a story of a gulls nest just yards from the live rail on the train tracks, the gull sitting on the nest gets up off the nest when a train comes then gets back on it again, goodness knows what will happen when the chicks hatch if the nest isnt moved, this is in Deal Kent

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  • 311. At 3:57pm on 27 May 2009, balconypigeons wrote:

    We have a couple of Pigeons nesting underneath a bbq on our balcony in Eastbourne - there's some pictures on the Flickr site. I think the neighbours are a bit fed up with them though as there are now lots of spikey obstacles on the railings! Good job the chicks are about to set flight!

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  • 312. At 3:59pm on 27 May 2009, macniks wrote:

    whilst stripping overburden on a opencast site in county durham in the early 80s we came across many plover/lapwing nests,not wanting to destroy any of the nests we dug around them until we had a pillar of overburden of about four to six feet tall.the dozer driver would pull up beside the pillar,gently pick the eggs from the nest/scrape, then doze the pillar of overburden away ,he would then return the egggs to the ground and the plover would return to the nest none the wiser.has anyone else witnessed this type of thing.love the programme ,best wishes to bill.

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  • 313. At 4:01pm on 27 May 2009, ElmaJean wrote:

    A number of years ago I went to my local B & Q to buy bamboo poles for my sweetpeas. However I was unable to do so as a bird had built her nest on top of the vertical pile of bamboo poles.

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  • 314. At 4:04pm on 27 May 2009, jblog53 wrote:

    We have a warblers nest - we think blackcaps, with 4 or 5 eggs inside a terracotta rhubarb forcer on our overgrown vegetable patch. The large wild garden is beginning to get away from us as we get older but my husband decided to rescue the rhubarb from the rampant buttercups: when he went to move the pot a small bird flew out; the eggs were plain white, less than 1cm in size. He quickly replaced the pot and the vegetation, and we have seen the bird fly in & out but it is very secretive & too quick to identify. A chiffchaff sings nearby but I think the eggs are the wrong colour. Any ideas?
    I'm amazed at the ingenuity of the birds in the blogs - we must have many nests in our south Devon garden but they're well-hidden! Sadly we have lost so many swallow nest-sites - is there any way to provide artificial ones?

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  • 315. At 4:18pm on 27 May 2009, MerryOceanBreeze wrote:

    My local garden centre has had to put signs up as wrens have started nesting in the roosting baskets. Last year they nested in many of the hanging basket arrangements. Just after I took a photo the little wren appeared with a mouth full of insect!

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  • 316. At 4:23pm on 27 May 2009, brownfellpony wrote:

    I have a pair of swallows that have managed to build a nest on the side of a fluorescent light bulb in my horse's field shelter.

    This is the third year they've been here, we call them the lightbulb family.

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  • 317. At 4:23pm on 27 May 2009, HelenaJB wrote:

    We have Coal Tits nesting in our Kitchen Cooker Extracter Unit. There are definately more than one in the nest and hatched, as the noise from inside the kitchen is getting louder. Feeding is usually no more than a max of 5 mons apart. Helena, Quarriers Village, Inverclyde.

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  • 318. At 4:53pm on 27 May 2009, lionjameshall wrote:

    I work as a greenkeeper at the local golf course, where we have wagtails nesting underneath the diesel tank where we refuel the mowers.

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  • 319. At 5:25pm on 27 May 2009, bolehill wrote:

    We have a pair of great tits that are nesting in a hand-made wooden cover (weather protection) over the outlet from the kitchen cooker extractor fan. The noise inside from the chicks is incredible - stops us cooking occasionally too.Have tried to upload three photos to Flickr.

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  • 320. At 5:26pm on 27 May 2009, pmartin41 wrote:

    We watched in wonderment as a pair of collared doves nested on the bracket holding next doors sky dish on the side of their house! We had an excellent view from our hall window and were amazed as we watched two chicks emerge. Unfortunately one didn't make it as it fell out of the nest but the other was fine and flew from the nest with its parent. We have seen it recently with one of its parents sat on the top of a nearby lamp post. Wonderful!

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  • 321. At 5:43pm on 27 May 2009, jetandginger wrote:

    We came across a nesting site in a local garden centre's clematis display!
    Don't know what the birds were though.

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  • 322. At 6:08pm on 27 May 2009, davlarsa wrote:

    Found this unusual nest when I opened the fridge.
    I beleive the bird that made it is now in the freezer



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38836869@N02/3570010527/

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  • 323. At 6:53pm on 27 May 2009, kenthetuner wrote:

    A Blackbird made a nest on top of the battery in my old Nuffield tractor whilst it was in the barn. I made do without useing the Nuffield only to find one morning a dead baby on the ground nearby. So I checked the nest and found all the babies had gone. I have seen Magpies hanging around and going in the barn, would they be responsible for taking the babies?

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  • 324. At 6:59pm on 27 May 2009, twinklebarbaraann wrote:

    I live in a first floor apartment with a small balcony on which I have potted plants and 2 small trees and a clematis growing in a corner against my wall. A blackbird has built a nest in the plant and I am so delighted with this activity as this is a very built-up area with only a few gardens and not a lot of greenery. I never would have believed that blackbirds would nest with me. Is this normal given the circumstances?

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  • 325. At 7:25pm on 27 May 2009, mamasavannah wrote:

    Martin - glad to see that the pigeon in the green monster's mouth has made it on to your favourite's list! I have uploaded 2 photos onto Springwatch Flickr group if anyone wants to see the crazy place where she has chosen to build her nest.

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  • 326. At 7:29pm on 27 May 2009, barleysmum wrote:

    Last year we had a robin nest in the top of a bag of peat. As far as I know all the babies survived.

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  • 327. At 7:41pm on 27 May 2009, northleeds wrote:

    Dear Chris, Kate, Simon & Martin

    In March of this year we noticed a thrush (we think a song thrush) nesting in an amber traffic light in the centre of Leeds. It was quite funny to watch late on an evening as the amber light shone and revealed 3 shadows bobbing around in the foreground!
    Somebody did contact the BBC and they did feature on the evening news every so often.
    We did manage to obtain some pictures of the fledglings, which we have now uploaded to the website. We couldn't quite believe that a bird on red status would chose the bright city amber traffic lights as her new home! Im sure you will agree these pictures are amazing!


    Daniel & Kellie Leeds

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  • 328. At 7:50pm on 27 May 2009, Tractorgirls wrote:

    Hi Springwatch,

    While out walking at Needham Lake, Suffolk on Monday we noticed a blue tit nesting in the box that holds the bouyancy aid by the water. We could hear the babies calling from inside but we kept a good distance away.

    The Palmer family, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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  • 329. At 7:56pm on 27 May 2009, holtannyhare wrote:

    Cley to Salthouse road north norfolk - bless the local police for putting signage up to warn motorists of nesting swans on the grass verge on this fast and busy main road ... but alas their spelling leaves a lot to be desired as the latest sign now reads "beware of swans and 'signets' crossing".
    It could only happen in dear old england!
    best wishes Anny Hare, Holt, Norfolk

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  • 330. At 8:26pm on 27 May 2009, Tony wrote:

    We had a Robin nest in our Hozelock Hose reel - she produced four eggs and all fledged last week. Fascinating to watch. Will be nice to have our hose back though!!

    Picture here is its allowed to be linked to http://www.ksh.co.uk/robin.jpg

    Swallows over our electric box last year.

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  • 331. At 8:50pm on 27 May 2009, AndySkelton wrote:

    About 17 years ago a friend had a wren nesting in the back pocket of a pair of jeans that was hanging on his rotary washingline. I did take some video of it - which I presume I have some where.

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  • 332. At 8:53pm on 27 May 2009, HiSarahHardy wrote:

    Letter nests

    http://typenesting.tumblr.com/

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  • 333. At 9:04pm on 27 May 2009, dmm102 wrote:

    I've seen some Bluetits flying in and out of a traffic light pole(through a hole which previously had something screwed into it). Unfortunately it's at quite a busy roundabout and I dont think I'd be able to stop and take a picture of them!

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  • 334. At 9:08pm on 27 May 2009, robinamp wrote:

    A couple of weeks ago I found a Robins nest in an old guitar amplifier in my garage. After about 3 weeks 5 chicks hatched and flew from the nest within 2 weeks.

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  • 335. At 9:15pm on 27 May 2009, MargMac wrote:

    I am a carer at an care home for the elderly. In the quadrangle outside one resident's window a blackbird has built her nest on a bird table. What joy this family of blackbirds has brought to a lady in her nineties who has watched with wonder as they moved in, laid the eggs and hatched out two beautiful chicks who have now fledged. Great excitement for all the residents and staff. North Lincs.

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  • 336. At 9:23pm on 27 May 2009, awesomebambam01 wrote:

    last year i went on holiday to Skegness. when i got there i saw a pigeon nested on the roof of a merry-go-round.

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  • 337. At 9:42pm on 27 May 2009, lewliev wrote:

    Not exactly eligible as a spring for Springwatch as it was taken on 15 Augustt 2006, but I have a photo of a nest of swallows (adult plus 3 young) built in the cross braces under a working lift bridge on the Stratford canal. I had passed under the bridge moments earlier, my head probaably not more than a couple of feet from the nest without noticing it (paying more attention to steering the boat). Unfortunately, because of the date, the photo does not appear to be eligible for the Flickr site but I think it is interesting anyway.

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  • 338. At 10:04pm on 27 May 2009, glossopmob wrote:

    Hello.
    I have 2 Horses which I keep about 5 minutes from Penthorpe, and every year I have a vast array of wildlife which makes my field its home. But this year is the first time I have had a Wren nest, it made a lovely home in the horses hay net which is hung in the stable and the horse goes in and out and some times rocks the net but the wren really doesn't seem to mind.I also have a very friendly cheeky Robin which helps himself to a tasty bite out of the feeding shed as soon as the door is open.
    Oh and I just have to say that last year I had a pair of Lapwing nest on the field and its not just a telly thing the chicks are really that cute.

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  • 339. At 10:54pm on 27 May 2009, Pistol Pete wrote:

    Two years ago a pair of swallows built a nest in the corner above the door of the toilet at the livery stables where my wife keeps her horse. They were completely unfazed by its frequent daily use and even obliged by vacating when someone wanted to use it and waiting on the roof truss outside until it was free ! Last year they reappeared and built on another layer (must have been the same pair as who else would know it was there ?) and this year they are back again. Photos online from previous years but this year's clutch haven't hatched yet.

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  • 340. At 11:21pm on 27 May 2009, KathyPalmer wrote:

    For a couple of years a swallow has returned to its nest under the metal structure at the bow of the sightseeing ferry which serves Keilder Water.

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  • 341. At 11:23pm on 27 May 2009, adriandestpaul wrote:

    Although I'm quite aware that Springwatch is based in the UK.. we've Falcons nesting in the stone wall of our house in France.
    I believe they are Peregrine Falcons.. though I'm no expert..they could be kestrels.
    I'm not there at present but will plead with my wife to mail me a photo.
    The buildings were originally a priory which dates back to 1120..the falcons display in early spring around the church.. we didn't expect them to nest opposite the kitchen door.. It's an unusual site as it's not particularly high 2.5 mtr's and so close to us. The parents don't like us being in the courtyard much..

    The house and barns are full of nest sites.. though my ignorance as to the type of bird is quite sad, I still enjoy seeing them, we do definitely have Hoopoes(spelling anyone)and a French bird called an Aurieol...

    We've a large badger set in the old ramparts...I've only seen them when one of our young Labrador has chased one from the river to the set through the wheat at night.. probably ill advised. If it wasn't for the dogs I think we would see a great deal more. Since their arrival the red squirrel,partridge & hare don't wander nonchalantly past the open kitchen door.

    It's like living in a cross between live Naturewatch & Time..whatever it's called.. on the other side.

    Adrian

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  • 342. At 00:02am on 28 May 2009, seedsinatin wrote:

    I saw a bird, although I can not remember which species, nesting in a canal lock gate. I have a digital photograph of this but where can I post it?

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  • 343. At 00:05am on 28 May 2009, poshJaybird wrote:

    After I'd posted comment no. 78 I couldn't resist going back to look at the nest in Tong Garden Centre the next day - it's a pied wagtail not a blue tit! The female was sitting as I carefully leaned over to look, but my photos were no good as shadow fell in the wrong place. Ah well, I was just thrilled to see it.

    Love Spring Watch, and Chris is fabulous.

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  • 344. At 01:01am on 28 May 2009, PennafHousingGroup wrote:

    We're a Housing Association Group based n the Business Park in St Asaph North Wales, managing around 5,000 housing units in North and Mid Wales and a couple of weeks ago we discovered unexpected tenants -a nest of Great Tits had taken up a precarious residence in the exhaust flue of the auxiliary generator to our HQ building. The generator kicks in automatically with any power change, day or night,meaning not only did the birds face being incinerated, but the debris blocking the flue might also set our building on fire putting the lives of staff as well as the building at risk! So, after consulting the RSPB, we obtained a full DEFRA licence to break the Golden Rule and attempt a nest relocation. The local Council Biodiversity officer helped us and came to supervise - and using a careful fishing technique with copper pipe, coathanger, gaffa-tape and a lot of patience, we hooked the nest and 6 chicks out of the pipe where it was wedged fast. One looked very small and weak but the other five were very strong and only looked a week or 10 days off fledging. It was a long shot but we had to give it a go. The parents watched anxiously as we screwed the lid down on the box and secured it to a nearby tree, and the Biodiversity Officer warned us that any contact with the nest would in all probability mean the chicks and nest would be deserted. Against all odds both parents and the chicks took to their new luxury apartment and continued feeding almost as soon as we took the ladders away. We'd stress that the relocation was an absolute last resort following the RSPB's advice and only attempted after getting a special licence from DEFRA. A frenzy of feeding activity continued for a further week and then last weekend...they disappeared! Result! (Though we're going to give it anpther week before checking the site, just in case)We're hoping our feathered tenants come back to take advantage of their seasonal occupancy again next year - we won't even charge them any rent! Seriously though we'd encourage others to make sure heating/ power flues etc are meshed, proper nest boxes are sited near work places (it's great fun) and nests are never interfered with except in extreme circumstances with the correct permission.
    (I'll put some picures up if I can suss out how to do it)

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  • 345. At 08:02am on 28 May 2009, Sportsmans wrote:

    Pied wagtails nesting in our large outside dog kennel. Used to store junk at the moment. The wagtails are nesting in an wooden arch providing ideal safe place for nest and exit out of kennel through window bars. This is the about the third year of nesting with us. Last year the chicks were hatched but died in the nest. Hoping this year no calamity will befall them. Mr and Mrs Wagtail very at home in our garden and will collect food when we are in the garden. Mrs Wagtail is now sitting very tight on the nest. The pied wagtails are beautiful, elegant birds with very striking black and white markings.

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  • 346. At 08:38am on 28 May 2009, saddlebacknaturalist wrote:

    At the stables where I keep my horse, a friend found a robin's nest in a haynet which had been left hanging full of hay in her empty stable for 3 weeks. She was in the process of taking the haynet out of the stable when she discovered it so returned it immediately to where it had been hanging and the robin was seen shortly afterwards near the stable though we haven't seen much sign of it since. There was just 1 egg in the nest. On a horsey message board I look at I have also read of someone having to take a hen to every horse show they go to recently as she was sitting on eggs in a nest she had made in their horsebox.

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  • 347. At 09:40am on 28 May 2009, sportyCrimbo wrote:

    A Robin has built a nest in a Nut & Bolt box in the middle of our factory. She laid 6 eggs, all of which hatched. The chicks are all doing well and will fledge in 1 week. Mum seems unperturbed by the noise and activity around her. Didn't she do well? You can see pictures on flickr.

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  • 348. At 09:44am on 28 May 2009, bird_man_of_barnsley wrote:

    Probably the strangest nest site i hav seen was in a lampost thing! It went in through a hole in the top! I cant remember whether it was a Willow Warblers nest or a Coal tits!!!
    I can also remember seeing a pic of one in the Wildlife Explorers Magazint that was on top of a bird table-LOL

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  • 349. At 09:57am on 28 May 2009, auntmarygeorge wrote:

    I've had honey bees living in the corner of a window since last May. the combs now cover almost one pane of the window. The room has a soft wonderful scent of honey and beeswax.
    ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/esneri/

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  • 350. At 10:44am on 28 May 2009, damiancleasby wrote:

    I am a BBC camera op in the North East and Cumbria and have just an hour ago today filmed a family of Mallard ducks who have chosen to nest in one of the main entrances of a The Royal Victoria Infirmary right in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. I have quality DV footage shot on a DSR 500 professional news camera.

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  • 351. At 11:32am on 28 May 2009, Chubbyoldcodger wrote:


    We don't have a strange nesting site but we do have an unusual use of a nesting box. We have a blue tit nesting box on our fence and some blue tits were taking interest, as usual, earlier in the year. We were pleased to see that they were coming back again - going in and tidying up, etc. However, on return from a holiday we discovered that bumble bees had taken over! They are now having trouble getting in as it is so crowded. I will attempt to post a photograph - if I can work out how!

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  • 352. At 12:23pm on 28 May 2009, daringwesley wrote:

    where i live in leeds we have 2 families of song thrush's both nesting in seperate amber lights of the traffic lights near the shopping centre

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  • 353. At 12:32pm on 28 May 2009, SAB1962 wrote:

    We have a nest of 4 great tits inside the handle of our water butt (see photos on the flickr website)

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  • 354. At 1:15pm on 28 May 2009, gilldobson wrote:

    In Runcorn on Tues 26th May, the Windmill Hill Youth Squad discovered a blue tit's nest in a vehicle barrier lock box on a heavily used footpath through The Woodland Trust's Windmill Hill Wood. Inside were 2 noisy chicks nearly ready to fledge. No one else appeared to notice them, apart from a lurking tom cat?

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  • 355. At 1:31pm on 28 May 2009, Mrsvicar wrote:

    Congratulations, Springwatch for very enjoyable programmes this year. I have a great tit's nest in my pantry wall, they nest there almost every year with babies hatching a week earlier than on your programme. (It's nice and warm and sheltered). Can't get a decent photo though.
    Are the bats at Pensthorpe, Daubenton's bats? They like water.

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  • 356. At 1:34pm on 28 May 2009, dcausby wrote:

    I have bluetits nesting in the extractor fan in my bathroom. I can't take a picture and I all I can hear is the chicks and I have seen the parents going in with food.

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  • 357. At 1:35pm on 28 May 2009, meonomous wrote:

    I have finally got some close-ups of the Great Tits nesting in the breezblock tower on my patio feeding chicks. I have takenb a sequence of 28 pictures put can't upload them in flickr, so i cherry-picked 3 for to add with the rest on my own flickr page.
    I have also made a slideshow of them if anyone knows someway I can upload the .exe slideshow file.

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  • 358. At 1:58pm on 28 May 2009, Dunnock1 wrote:

    Further to the note about the robin which nested in an academic's university office a couple of years ago, check out the pictures at: http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/eeem/robin/pictures.htm

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  • 359. At 1:59pm on 28 May 2009, fabspringer wrote:

    There is a dove nesting on the top rung of a neighbour's ladder which is fastened to the house wall. Talk about penthouse apartment! nest looks a bit flat and no sign of any babies yet.

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  • 360. At 2:56pm on 28 May 2009, bikernige wrote:

    A few years ago, I went to work and parked up my Motorcycle. When I went out at lunch-time a bird had started to build a nest on top of the engine. I cleaned this off, went to lunch and returned, but by 5o'clock the nest had re-appeared. The following day we kept an eye out and it turned out to be a Robin who returned and tryed again. He kept this up for a number of days, even after a weekend off.
    I unfortunatly couldn't let him finish any of them.

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  • 361. At 2:59pm on 28 May 2009, adbears wrote:

    We have robins nesting in our garage, which sounds fairly straight forward, except that to get into the garage the robins comes through a pipe in our conservatory ( which the previous owners had their tumble drier attatched to), then through a cat flap in the inner door (which I had to disassemble so there is no flap bit!), then up to its nest. When it was making its nest it was during the hot weather so we had all the doors open to the garden, and we kept wondering why we had a robin in the kitchen (it lost its way a few times!).I shut the outer door between the conservatory and the garden and still kept finding the robin back in the garage. After a few minutes of sitting very still I saw where it was coming through and was then stuck with the dilema of what to do when we go out and have to lock the inner door, (between the consevatory and the garage) for safety. I decided to pull off the cat flap from the inner door hoping the robins would be clever enough to realise they could hop through it- and sure enough they were.

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  • 362. At 3:00pm on 28 May 2009, swallow5 wrote:

    At the school where I teach, a pied wagtail has nested in our staff room extractor fan for the past 3 years at least. The parking bay beneath is usually 'coned' off to prevent disturbances! The nestlings seem to time fledging for half-term week. I wonder why!!

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  • 363. At 4:35pm on 28 May 2009, GetEven-GetEco wrote:

    I was in my garden when i noticed somthing strange in our bird bath.It is a face and it hands hold the water. Well there was no water in it and i saw somthing golden inside it. I went over and in the hands there was a nest in the hands!. I went back in a minutes later a blackbird flew down. It had made a nest in our feature!. A few days later there was 3 eggs and now the birds have fledged. They were beautiful!

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  • 364. At 5:15pm on 28 May 2009, pamfromeglinton wrote:

    I was driving into work this morning and out the corner of my eye saw a bird disappear into a "ramps ahead" sign at the side of the road. I returned later with camera and waited to catch a bluetit entering the metal pole! Pointing the camera down the pole I was amazed to see 4 little mouths wide open - I only hope they are able to get out from the depths ! pictures on flickr.
    We also have starlings nesting in our fume cupbards in the science labs -this has halted any "nasty " chemistry experiments for a while

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  • 365. At 5:31pm on 28 May 2009, alfristonpete wrote:

    On a recent visit to Lancing College, West Sussex i heard the sound of small birds coming from a road cone on the grass verge. I had a quick look in the small hole at the top of the cone only to see four possibly five Great tits in a nest. I have been back on one other occasion and they are still all alive.

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  • 366. At 6:43pm on 28 May 2009, -Rikki- wrote:

    I have a Jenny Wren which has built it's nest in last years House Martins nest under the eves of the house. Quite a feat considering I live in a two story house and the nearest tree top is a couple of meters away.

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  • 367. At 6:47pm on 28 May 2009, Hayfielddavid wrote:

    We have a pair of Canadian Geese who visit us each year and nest on our wisteria trough. For the four week incubation period they take charge of the patio. The eggs hatched last saturday and we now have five fluffy bundles who charge around the garden always protected by ever attentive parents. Each night they go to a local fishing pond but return early the next day to spend the day in the garden.

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  • 368. At 7:02pm on 28 May 2009, hollygolightly wrote:

    A few years ago I had a wren nesting in a hanging basket just outside the back door. I was so worried about the nest getting damp from rain I had to put plastic over the top to protect it. It was at the perfect height to peer into the nest and see all 4 chicks. I think they all fledged successfully although I wasn't there to see it.

    I've left the hanging basket up all year in the hopes they would return, but alas no joy. I'll just have to put in some flowers instead, but they're certainly not as interesting.

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  • 369. At 7:46pm on 28 May 2009, anniemcc wrote:

    We have a Blackbird's nest by our back door, by the heating oil tank!

    We have an old fridge by the tank with cardboard boxes on top - they have built the nest on top of the VAX box, about 4ft from our back door.

    The whole area is under cover, but that didn't stop - possibly a cat - getting at the nest last weekend - I found the VAX box at a precarious angle with Mrs. Blackbird hanging onto her nest for dear life. I managed to level the box and added extra support, but don't
    know if she lost any eggs.

    She has at least two-three chicks and both parents are feeding them all day long - I get dive bombed if I go by to get to our back gate!

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  • 370. At 7:46pm on 28 May 2009, bluedavid72 wrote:

    last week my wife had the washing out on the line when i noticed a wren going in and out of my sons black jeans leg,watching it for a while we noticed it started taking lumps of grass in with it as if to build a nest,my wife then took all the clothes in and put out an old pair of my daughters blue jeans which did not interest the wren in the slightest,a few days later we put the black jeans out which again the wren started to build a nest in the leg.

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  • 371. At 8:04pm on 28 May 2009, anniemcc wrote:

    Have just photos of the Blackbird's nest onto Flickr.

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  • 372. At 8:11pm on 28 May 2009, srebbew wrote:

    This is not a birds nest but we currently have a bumble bee nest under our patio there are about 12 bumbles that we have seen so far but the stange thing is that it is right where we barbeque and they don't mind infact if we are in the way of the whole that they enter through they wait for us to get out of the way before carrying on. is this unusual as we haven't have them here before?

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  • 373. At 8:31pm on 28 May 2009, srebbew wrote:

    My Wife works in a childrens centre in Bideford where a black bird made a nest (and successfully raised and fledge 3 chicks)in a create on a shelf in a buggy park for the centre. This buggy park was in constant use through out her raising her chicks with lots of children and adults in and out all day. Last year she nested in a small planted area in the play ground of the centre so she obviously likes the noise!

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  • 374. At 9:15pm on 28 May 2009, HARRYSYLV wrote:

    the year before last we found a nest on the overhead gantry that lifts the rear bow doors on the car ferry going into thasos in greece the bird must of followed the boat to feed its chicks

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  • 375. At 9:27pm on 28 May 2009, nellyann wrote:

    I went to my friends house last year and she had a hanging basket out in the garden. We were swinging on the swings and we heard cheeping so we looked around and noticed a blue tit going in to the hanging backit so we looked and saw some chicks tring to get some food. Later that month my friend told me all the chicks had gone so I figerd all four chicks had fleged.

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  • 376. At 9:38pm on 28 May 2009, theoriginalredrosie wrote:

    Not only do we have a mallard duck nesting on our water barrel in a planter full of flowers, but we have jackdaws in our inglenook fire place squawking enough to deafen us! Can someone tell us how long they are going to be in there before they fledge?

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  • 377. At 9:53pm on 28 May 2009, delpacifico wrote:

    Tawny Owl nesting in a window box between two planters at Porthcurno
    Conwall,(two chicks).About to fly.

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  • 378. At 10:01pm on 28 May 2009, Dizzyredrose wrote:

    What is it with Wrens & Motorhomes...we arrived on the campsite in Hawes, N.Yorks, late afternoon on 26th April, next morning it was pouring with rain & while we had our early morning cuppa, we watched this bedraggled little Wren tugging moss off the stone wall & flying under our van ....result - the most beautiful little mossy nest, but horror of horrors, we had to leave the next day!! We did ask if we could have pitch 67 for the next few weeks, but it was a no starter!!! Just hope it was one of the spare nests!!

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  • 379. At 10:03pm on 28 May 2009, RNWOOLLEY wrote:

    Great tits are nesting in the ash can a few feet from the door of the very busy cafe at Inverewe Gardens in N W Scotland. It has now been fenced off to stop cigarette ends being dropped in!!

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  • 380. At 10:03pm on 28 May 2009, greenbrie wrote:

    I work for a company near Bristol and every year a mallard lays her eggs on a ledge 20 foot up above concrete.The journey to the ground would be fatal for the young chicks on their first flight.
    When we see the babies ready to leave the nest,we gather with a bucket and frantically collect them,and whilst we're opening windows,etc to get at them,a couple of my colleagues run downstairs ready to catch the first chicks.The sight is hysterical.This year we helped 13 chicks safely to the ground,and then escorted them across the road to ensure they arrived safely at the river,stopping the traffic in order to do so .

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  • 381. At 10:33pm on 28 May 2009, mattgarnham2 wrote:

    Their was a Greylag Goose nesting in the top of the old rotten tree standing about 3 metres high. They had few young this year. They nested around a month ago at Polstead Heath bottom of the field.

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  • 382. At 10:54pm on 28 May 2009, SunniGecko wrote:

    I saw a starling entering the pole section at the top of a lamp post in the Bowl in Milton Keynes, a little flurry of sound as the adult left and babies calling again when another bird came back with a good load of insects. :D

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  • 383. At 11:02pm on 28 May 2009, windhover6th wrote:

    For the fourth year running robins have nested in the mouth of a terracotta Cod I have placed in my fir hedge. This year 5 chicks successfully fledged.

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  • 384. At 11:05pm on 28 May 2009, teggun wrote:

    In June 2007 my girlfriend and I witnessed a House Martin building a nest on one of the Lochaline to Mull car ferries.

    Chris

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  • 385. At 11:28pm on 28 May 2009, vazmas wrote:

    A few years ago I learned to dive and was shown a robin's nest tucked into a diver's bouyancy aid at the back of the store room. The robins didn't seem to mind the toing and froing of novice divers throughout the week picking up their equipment.

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  • 386. At 00:14am on 29 May 2009, khardstec wrote:

    Every year there is a Great tit nesting in the lead/metal cable cover on the lower half of a telegraph pole opposite my house. The cover extends from the ground up to about 7 or 8 feet and I guess the nest is just a little way down from the top. It's a very busy place with dog walkers going past all day but I wonder how many of them see whats there??

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  • 387. At 00:20am on 29 May 2009, pippabaker wrote:

    last year I put a photo on of a stragely shaped nest (to me) for
    comment - it had a "hood" pram -like to protect it from east wind.

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  • 388. At 05:48am on 29 May 2009, Loopy-Lupin wrote:

    Not a strange nest BUT we have blue tits nesting in our bird box on the back of the house which our son made when he was in the cubs and that was about 20 years ago! We have had blue tits nesting in there every year and sometimes have seen 2 lots of baby birds. We watch the parent birds from upstairs and see them fly miles across the allotments and fields to the back of us and return with food for their offspring! Location: Studley, near Stratford upon Avon.

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  • 389. At 09:09am on 29 May 2009, philthefearless wrote:

    Watching the new series reminded us of the blackbirds a couple of years ago that nested in the rungs of our ladder which was stored on the side wall of the house. Not one but five separate nests. Talk about getting on the property ladder! Only one nest contained eggs, three of which hatched and fledged successfully. Have some photos which are a sadly a little fuzzy and out of focus.

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  • 390. At 09:38am on 29 May 2009, saxocaroldavies wrote:

    There are a pair of sparrows nesting in a street lamp in Gorsgoch, Llanybydder, Ceredigion, Wales. They fly in and out of the hole at the back of the lamp. Must be very warm in the night!

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  • 391. At 09:43am on 29 May 2009, rissyb66 wrote:

    My neighbours have a security light at the back of their house, and perched on top is a collared dove nest! We think the dove only has one chick, but it seems to be doing well, despite the akward poisitioning of the nest!

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  • 392. At 09:56am on 29 May 2009, rissyb66 wrote:

    Above my horses stable, there is a pair of swallows nesting. They must be the same pair as they use the same nest every year! They are a lovely sight to watch, but when I go to groom my horse, he is covered in bird poo!!

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  • 393. At 12:48pm on 29 May 2009, mikemmd wrote:

    There is a woodpigeon nesting in a tree about three feet from the window where I work all day. The nest is partially hidden by a windowframe upright but if I just tilt my head and look up I get a good view of the nest. Lady woodpigeon is facing away from me, as I type this, but sometimes she is looking in my direction she is about eight feet from me. The nest is a loose affair of twigs but I can't see any eggs. A woodpigeon (the same one?) nested in the same place last year and produced two squabs that survived. This is her second attempt (I think it's the same bird)at a nest this year, a previous attempt in a tree at the bottom of my garden, which had several eggs in it, was predated by a cat, I think.

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  • 394. At 12:50pm on 29 May 2009, Lisa_at_MEAL wrote:

    We have just been getting ready to take a pair of rare Walsh & Clarke paraffin engines from the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket to the Woolpit rally. It looks like only one will be going though as we've discovered a nest of Great Tits in one of the header tanks!

    There seems to be two babies and the nest is really beautifully made.

    Good job we discovered them before we started to fill the engine with water!!!

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  • 395. At 1:54pm on 29 May 2009, MissLL wrote:

    There is a small arched recess in the end wall of my house which some spotted flycatchers used for a nesting site two years ago, they have just started to rebuild again this week.

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  • 396. At 2:35pm on 29 May 2009, byrne_horde wrote:

    On Wednesday we had a day out at Warwick Castle. We watched the medieval trebuchet (a big replica siege engine) being fired, then went up to it to have a close look. There were cheeping sounds coming from somwhere close by.
    Suddenly a blue tit zoomed past us and alighted on the massive wooden box counterweight, before disappearing inside through a gap.
    This siege engine gets demonstrated twice a day! Obviously the blue tits don't mind being swung about.
    I've uploaded a couple of pics to Flickr to elaborate.

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  • 397. At 2:43pm on 29 May 2009, daisycris wrote:

    Not an unusual nest as nests go, but unusual for us: a pheasants nest in the border right up against our bungalow, with 12 eggs at present.This is a first for us - in a (albeit large) garden in a village in Church Lench, Worcs.
    We also have grass snake eggs in another border under some comfrey - can't do any gardening ( that's my excuse!)

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  • 398. At 2:45pm on 29 May 2009, happyFerryman wrote:

    We have had a family of swallows nesting underneath the King Harry Ferry. You can see them at the King Harry Ferry web cam at www.kingharryscornwall.co.uk - slipway cam. Once they ae a bit more settled I will get some video footage and put it on line.

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  • 399. At 3:53pm on 29 May 2009, mickcrowther wrote:

    I have just found a robins nest in a horses over reach boot in the back of our garage. I have taken pictures can these be posted on the spring watch web site.

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  • 400. At 4:40pm on 29 May 2009, pupandt wrote:

    please tell me how i send in a pic i have a fabulous one!

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  • 401. At 6:19pm on 29 May 2009, bertymurphy wrote:

    i was fishing at a lake where rat traps are present so that people who fish over night dont get bothered by the rats.the traps are of the box variety with a pipe which the rats have to go through to pick up the poision and a nest of blue tits were living were the poison is layed. unfortunatly i dont have a picture of the actual trap with blure tits.i was ncerned bout the lefar of the bule tits.

    Ben moore

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  • 402. At 10:07pm on 29 May 2009, BlacksmithsCottage wrote:

    We live in South Norfolk, and last Thursday we found a Wren nest underneath our van with day old chicks in. More unusual than where we found it was the fact that the previous Sunday we had used the van all day - from 7am to 5pm to go to a plant sale (we have a plant nursery). On the day we found it we'd done two 20 mile round trips in the van and parked it in a different place. We can only assume that the female stayed on the nest, at least for her trip to the plant fair. Luckily we noticed her flitting underneath as we were in the process of loading for a delivery to Warwickshire. We had to cancel the trip and have parked the van in the original spot. The chicks seem to be doing fine. We have a BTO Bird Ringer who comes to our place every week so hopefully he'll be able to put a ring on them before they fly the nest. I've just posted a picture of the nest on the flickr discussion group.

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  • 403. At 10:27pm on 29 May 2009, grandmabird wrote:

    Northiam Station East Sussex This is a private railway preserving steam trains and on the platform is an old weighing machine where a pair of blue tits have nested within a hollow upright. Staff have placed a note on machine asking people to be quiet which seems rather ironical when there are huge steam engines chugging passed at regular intervals

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  • 404. At 10:27pm on 29 May 2009, allzzo wrote:

    my mate has a collard dove nesting in the rhone/gutter of his dog run sitting on eggs now dont know how to put on photo

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  • 405. At 11:08pm on 29 May 2009, felltramper wrote:

    Last year a pair of swallows nested on a dividing wall in the gents shower block of the hillside campsite in Pooley Bridge Cumbria. The birds came and went through the open door, I had a shower with 5 young swallows squeeking only 2 feet above my head. Amazing.

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  • 406. At 11:09pm on 29 May 2009, Birdingboy wrote:

    Blackbirds built a nest in the stone chinese lantern in our garden. Quite a 'des res'. First batch of 3 eggs disappeared a few days ago either to magpie or possibly grey squirrel. The female was seen sitting on the nest again today so maybe she has laid a new clutch.

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  • 407. At 07:31am on 30 May 2009, newshawkbrahma wrote:

    A pair of swallows have nested at the very busy Monk's Cross Park and Ride terminal north of York. The nest is in the external gable end of one of the terminal buidlings. Not that unusual in itself perhaps, but the behaviour of the male has been. Immediately outside the main terminus is a traditional flag-type bus stop and until very recently the male liked to stretch out on the top of this. When the buses pulled up at the stop and opened their doors he would sing directly from his recumbent perch into bus. This last week he has stopped, so perhaps the pressure of feeding a young family is distracting him. Sad to say, he is a bit camera shy and I have not managed to film him.

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  • 408. At 08:07am on 30 May 2009, oddaud wrote:

    There is an Oystercatcher nesting on the central reservation at Keir Roundabout. You can see her clearly if heading South from Perth and stay in the outside lane.

    She has made her nest in the red chips. She stood up yesterday and there were two chicks. Will try to get an image next week on way to work

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  • 409. At 09:51am on 30 May 2009, birdnanna wrote:

    saturday may 30th sound of baby robins in our garage very ordinary you may think but dont actually know what they have chosen to nest in as we do not want to disturb them they fly in and out through an open window birdnanna

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  • 410. At 12:17pm on 30 May 2009, Akiva3727 wrote:

    I am a Police Officer in Barnsley,South Yorkshire, next to the station is a large construction sight with 3 very large high cranes. On 1 of these cranes, at the very end of the jib,a a pair of Carrion Crows have nested. The crane is working and moving through out the day, but this does not appear to disturb the sitting bird or the second adult when returning to the nest site.We also have a pair of Blackbirds nesting within the pigeon proofing spikes on the Magistrates Court. A colony of wild Rabbits have taken up residence on a major roundabout in the Town and can be seen grazing both day and night. This year seems to be going well for the breeding birds, in my garden a colony of Tree Sparrows in nest boxes are on their second clutches, a pair of Blue Tits have a large brood of youngsters in their box, a pair of Wood Pigeons are sitting their second clutch in a conifer, 2 young Collard Doves have fledged the nest in the last week and a pair of Blackbirds are busy rearing 4 young in the hedge. Also along the bottom of the garden are nesting Long Tailed Tits, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Dunnocks and Magpies. House Sparrow and Starling breeding pairs appear to be doing well in the area judging by the number of fledging youngsters flying around.
    Fantastic show this year, like always, keep up the good work and get well Bill.

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  • 411. At 12:43pm on 30 May 2009, janvivhowe wrote:

    We kept seeing the wrens flitting about at the bottom of the greenhouse doors, but kept away so as not to disturb them When working on the garden one day we noticed movement in the greenhouse, which on further inspection was found to be fledglings scampering around the floor of the greenhouse, trying to find a way out! We opened the doors slightly and left them to it. A couple of days later we sneaked a look and found that they had all gone.
    I later found the nest in the top of a black plastic plantpot, which was under some other plant pots, which were balanced above it!
    Site Manager's House, Croft Farm, Luxulyan.

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  • 412. At 3:27pm on 30 May 2009, Tonythetaxidriver wrote:

    I've just posted my three pictures onto the Flikr site - I found this nest in a railway signal on the Llangollen steam railway!

    The close up picture shows one of the baby blue tits popping their head out of the hole!

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  • 413. At 7:17pm on 30 May 2009, ronbrentwood wrote:

    For the past two years one of our boxes has been used by Bluetits.It is now occupied by bees. Is this normal?
    Yesterday (30/05/09)at 0730 our current Bluetit family left home.We counted three birds and they all appeared to be fully fledged. The box is only eight feet from the kitchen door where we stood and watched. In the excitement one landed on my shoulder and stayed for 4/5 seconds.Most satisfying. welook forward to the next family.
    Wehave not yet heard a Cuckoo in this area.
    ronbrentwood

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  • 414. At 7:42pm on 30 May 2009, Valmcneil wrote:

    I have a pied wagtail nest on the inside of bedroom window. She laid 6 eggs but sadly she must have been killed about 10 days later as she failed to return. The male still comes to the empty nest every morning at 5.50 and calls for the female

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  • 415. At 8:31pm on 30 May 2009, Dizzyredrose wrote:

    Last year,we found a Partridge nest with 9 eggs in a stone trough - underneath our outside garden tap(which we used most days). On a very hot day, the ladies mantle foliage all wilted around her,so we had to water very carefully round her without making eye contact!A fox also used to visit nightly, but 3 hatched safely.Don't you just have your heart in your mouth?

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  • 416. At 09:52am on 31 May 2009, miche2009 wrote:

    as such not an unusual nesting sight, but not the normal visitor, outside my backdoor is my birdbox, last year I had a family of blue tits, this year the bumble bees have moved in.

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  • 417. At 11:43am on 31 May 2009, marmite999 wrote:

    We too have a family of blue tits nesting in the wall cavity. Entrance is made via the hole from a redundant toilet overflow which is high on the house and difficult to photograph without climbing a ladder.

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  • 418. At 4:04pm on 31 May 2009, denhamsprings wrote:

    there is a nest of swallows in the top of the feeder wagon and they go up the field every day at least twice a day, so my husband can zero graze the cows, then they go round the farm feeding the cows and they dont mind a bit.

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  • 419. At 4:21pm on 31 May 2009, mill_mouse wrote:

    Hi
    We have Great tits nesting in our postbox for the 5th year, the box is home made and really big, they have to fill it half up with moss before starting to build their nest proper. we also have a wrens nesting under the eves of our house, the female always choses this nest site as her favourite, this year there a 2 side by side but we don't know if there is a female sitting in the other one

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  • 420. At 4:29pm on 31 May 2009, martham-tribe wrote:

    we have a collared dove, nesting on the bracket of our satellite dish, which is about a foot above the patio doors that lead to the back garden.The family do not seem bothered by the dog or the three children slamming the door.

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  • 421. At 7:01pm on 31 May 2009, superforestgarden wrote:

    My family watched a yellowhammer singing on its nest which was on top of a telegraph pole in the village of Selborne, near Noar Hill.

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  • 422. At 7:06pm on 31 May 2009, swimflyqueen wrote:

    At the National Trust museum Cornish Mines and Engines in Pool, near Redruth there is a jackdaw family nesting in the roof of the building where the film is shown. They obviously don't like the film, as every time it comes on they squawk all the way through.

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  • 423. At 7:48pm on 31 May 2009, mgpauleyzr wrote:

    We've had a pair of Great Tits nesting in our box. All the young recently fledged, but when we had a look inside we found that there were two dead Great Tits and also a dead Sparrow,laying on top of the nest. Can anyone explain this?

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  • 424. At 8:12pm on 31 May 2009, harrietpeek wrote:

    Outside my bedroom window is our Sky dish and some doves have nest behind it, the nest is still there but unfortunately the eggs fell out and smashed on my conservatory roof.

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  • 425. At 8:17pm on 31 May 2009, sirchelly wrote:

    on our farm we have a great tit who has nested in the fuel tank of
    a disused dumper truck.
    And a wren has built her nest under a plank of wood in the middle of
    a lawn and there are 5 eggs not sure its the safest of places!

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  • 426. At 8:32pm on 31 May 2009, mike12326 wrote:

    i have a collard dove nesting on my skydish outside my bedroom window, it is lovely to watch here sit on them, she is on her third clutch of 2 eggs, in her first clutch 1 hatched on mothers day this year but sadly the other didnt hatch, her 2nd cluth did not hatch and hopefully these 2 eggs will hatch in about a week, i also have a blue tit nestin in a hole on the out side of my averie, my budgies are very fasinated about them. the male bird is always comming back and forwards with food, i am not sure how many chicks are in there because they are inside the cladding on my averie.

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  • 427. At 8:32pm on 31 May 2009, NYMR2009 wrote:

    We have an added attraction at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - visit Pickering Station and you will find a family of Blackbirds nesting under the footbridge on platform one! It's not exactly the most peaceful place to build a nest - on a busy day, a steam train can rumble past up to once every hour, and then there's the visitors wandering just a few feet below the nest - but it doesn't seem to phase them in the slightest!
    They have grown very quickly indeed in the last week, from skinny little chicks to fully feathered little birds today - must be the sunshine! We'll be watching to make sure they don't stray onto the tracks when they leave the nest - keep an eye out for them if you're in the area!

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  • 428. At 9:02pm on 31 May 2009, Fledglingfran wrote:

    Because of health problems my 5 cats cannot go free range into the garden. To get around this we have built an enclosure/pen attached to the house that they can go into whenever they wish. Much to my suprise this year, instead of nesting in the birch tree as usual, a pair of collared doves have nested on top of the mesh that makes up the roof of the cat pen. Needless to say the cats now spend a lot more time out there bird watching !

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  • 429. At 11:30pm on 31 May 2009, bhambinns wrote:

    I had a shock the other day when sitting in my backgarden i realised a Robin was flying in and out of my hanging basket, i wasn't sure a Robin would nest in there but i knew it wasn't going in there for worms or grubs! A few days on and the Robin was still flying and out the basket so now i was convinced it had made a nest! yesterday i started to hear little chirping noises so took a photo as best as i could without moving the basket and what a briliant photo i got! Four little baby robins beaks wide open waiting 4 food off mom! how wonderful, i'm going to try and put the pictures on her now so all can see!!!

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  • 430. At 1:12pm on 01 Jun 2009, Tony wrote:

    I'de just love to post a couple of 'odd' nesting photos, but GAWD knows how!! Why so secret. Is there no easy way of posting a photo ? It's not shown anywhere. It would be easier trying to work out MPs expenses !!!!

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  • 431. At 2:06pm on 01 Jun 2009, dolphin_in_the_deep wrote:

    There is a collared dove nesting on a security light on my house wall.

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  • 432. At 2:07pm on 01 Jun 2009, TBFINBATH wrote:

    We have swallows nesting on top of our PIR light which may not in itself be strange however we live in a golf club and the light in question is not only right beside our front door but also the main entrance to the golf club. This is in use constantly as you can imagine however our swallows seem unconcerned!! We have had to tape up the sensor on the light now so as the eggs (which we are hoping for this week) will not boil!!!

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  • 433. At 5:15pm on 01 Jun 2009, Countingcoots wrote:

    Strange....My persistent coots were on the favourites at the top of this page, but over the weekend they have disappeared! Even though the birds have returned to sit on the nest! Have you gone off Coots?

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  • 434. At 6:41pm on 01 Jun 2009, Maxispot wrote:

    In our garden we have a bumblebee nest - fairly unusual in itself I gather and we are apparently very honoured as ours is just an ordinary suburban garden. The unusual thing about the nest is that the bees have made their home in our birdbox which is just above our shed door. Every time we open the shed door it sets off the most amazingly loud buzzing noise and the activity in and out of the nest is constant all day.

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  • 435. At 8:01pm on 01 Jun 2009, ann15dog wrote:

    hi just to say we have a greate tits nesting in our alarm box, picture on flicker, also 2 bird box,s with bee,s nesting, regards denis from kirkcudbright

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  • 436. At 8:02pm on 01 Jun 2009, birdman81 wrote:

    just noticed a pair of doves nesting on top of some traffic lights, obviously it must be very comfy!

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  • 437. At 9:01pm on 01 Jun 2009, mastervirtualspike wrote:

    down the side of my house i have a piece of concrest missing only 3 inches wide and 2 inches high but it goes under the roof tiles and i have house sparrows in there i have never seen a house sparrows nest so this is quite a good site for me.

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  • 438. At 9:02pm on 01 Jun 2009, mastervirtualspike wrote:

    how do i up load an image because i have a fantastic one

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  • 439. At 9:18pm on 01 Jun 2009, newforest1 wrote:

    We have a Blackbirds nest in the jasmine bush very low down and close to the house, I can see them through the foliage, the female is very hard working and is constantly supplying the chicks with food but the male is very wary and wont come near if we are in sight. We also have a sparrows nest in the eves and can hear them scratching around constantly! This is the second year they have been here and this is their second brood this year.

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  • 440. At 9:23pm on 01 Jun 2009, Glitterdusk99 wrote:

    When I went sailing, some people pulled out a canoe from the shed. Inside it there was a bundle of twigs and dried mud in a cup shape. We knew it was a bird nest, but we wern't really sure what bird had once lived there. One of the instructors claimed it was a blue tit, because of a bluish feather inside the nest. No birds were using it, and they threw it out because they needed the canoe.

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  • 441. At 9:42pm on 01 Jun 2009, earthCareyS wrote:

    Could the Springwatch team find some time to talk about our British bees? I seem to be surrounded by them this year. Until the bad weather recently, I had a nest of honey bees in the ground at my allotment. And I've got some other bees apparently living in my lawn. And I've got what looks like a whole colony of mini bumble bees (??) nesting in my nesting box in the garden. Didn't realise there were so many species of bees in the UK. And are there such things as mini bumble bees that might colonise my nesting box?? Or am I going mad??!!Grateful for more information.

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  • 442. At 9:52pm on 01 Jun 2009, Mattygilb wrote:

    We found a robins nest in our brown wheelie bin (garden waste). I had put too much in and left it slightly ajar, providing what became an ideal nesting site! I have uploaded the pcitures, was good to see 5 healthy chicks emerge but the lawn got a bit long in the mean time!

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  • 443. At 11:11pm on 01 Jun 2009, DrecksieMouse wrote:

    I'm afraid I don't have a photo of this as we weren't allowed to take them, but at my School in Burton-on-Trent. We had a blackbird nest on top of the triangular hinge on the top of the door into our Reception area!
    The area was cordoned off and we've been able to watch the birds from a short distance away which has been great. Tehy fledged about a week and a half ago and the nest has had to be taken down but it was rather extraordinary!

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  • 444. At 11:37pm on 01 Jun 2009, urmstongirl wrote:

    Not a birds nest but mice set up home in my 6 year old daughters (size 12)walking boot! They even chewed up the laces to add as bedding.

    Also, I hear that peregrines are nesting in Manchester city centre this year again and are being beamed onto the big screen in Exchange Square!

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  • 445. At 07:54am on 02 Jun 2009, Countingcoots wrote:

    Crazy! The Coot pic has re-appeared! With amazing timing they have returned to the nest in the shopping trolley, and they have some salad to keep them company too...

    http://countingcoots.blogspot.com/2009/06/coot-and-cucumber.html

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  • 446. At 10:12am on 02 Jun 2009, llamajockey wrote:

    we have a family of starlings nesting in the hollow top of a telegraph pole in our garden - the parents are very active and at the moment one is stood on the top flapping her wings in time with her call. I have photos if anyone can tell me how to upload them to you.
    Kathryn - dumfries and Galloway

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  • 447. At 2:37pm on 02 Jun 2009, janetteph wrote:

    i have an old cat run in garden covered in roofing felt which has a torn bit ive noticed my dog keep sniffing at this and today saw a quick flicker go past, looked in the torn bit and lo and behold a little nest with six pale apricot colored eggs sorry didnt know how to upload photo but i can see im going to have a heck of a job pretecing this nest as its about 2 foot of the ground and there cats about Janette Licolnshire

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  • 448. At 3:51pm on 02 Jun 2009, shakylocodriver wrote:

    I am a retired Loco Driver, and when working on the West coast main line in the late eighties near Penrith, I'd always find oyster catchers nesting between the fourfoot, (the middle of the track covered with ballast stone.) The parents would fly off as I approached,I would be travelling at well over 100mph. They nested there every year.

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  • 449. At 7:04pm on 02 Jun 2009, airedalelady wrote:

    I have had a pair of pied wagtails with a nest of 7 chicks in a yucca plant on my patio, all the chicks left last week. I do have some pics. The surprising think is that the nest was quite low down and I do have a team of airedale terriers running the garden!

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  • 450. At 7:39pm on 02 Jun 2009, yorkie0604 wrote:

    Two Oystercatchers nests have my vote this year. One in a flower urn in the Italian Garden at Glamis Castle in Scotland, and the other right in the middle of a busy roundabout leaving Scone village towards Perth Airport!

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  • 451. At 7:46pm on 02 Jun 2009, AHighlander wrote:

    Our neighbours have a dove's nest on the support for their satellite dish. The chicks have already fledged and perch on top of the telephone post outside our window. From Kirstin in Fort William (11).

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  • 452. At 8:19pm on 02 Jun 2009, deanjames1 wrote:

    Today i found a nest of about 8 fully feathered Great tits inside a tower of old tyres I took some photos, and will try to load them for you to see.
    Dean.

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  • 453. At 8:30pm on 02 Jun 2009, lisaocll wrote:

    I was at Butlins in Skegness last week and saw a bird (which was either a dove or a pigeon???) nesting on top of a light inside a sheltered smoking area. The light even had metal spikes on top of it, presumably there to stop birds from landing on them! There were also numerous pigeons nesting in the gutterings around the apartments. Whilst there I also saw a fox stalking birds, at about 7 in the morning and numerous rabbits hopping around the camp.

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  • 454. At 8:54pm on 02 Jun 2009, thebluefoxgirl wrote:

    a couple houses down from me a wood pegion was trying to build its nest on the back of a areal disk and everytime it keept falling apart but it was so determed to build it there but did not suckseed in doing so and ended up leaving sorry dont have any pic

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  • 455. At 8:58pm on 02 Jun 2009, twisted_elephant5 wrote:

    A few weeks ago my sister told me that when she was feeding her guinea pigs that a mouse scuttled into the corner of hutch. She thinks that the mouse has actually made a nest in the hutch.

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  • 456. At 9:00pm on 02 Jun 2009, timfishy wrote:

    I saw a nest in an old oven someone had thrown out, one of the temperature nobs had come off and Blackbird mother kept on putting food through the hole where the nob it had been.

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  • 457. At 9:04pm on 02 Jun 2009, timfishy wrote:

    I saw a nest in an old oven someone had thrown out, one of the temperature switch had come off and mother kept on putting food through the hole where the switch had been.

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  • 458. At 9:40pm on 02 Jun 2009, SammiShell wrote:

    In my Greenhouse there is a robin nesting in a plant pot. 4 chicks hatched successfully over the weekend. The door is closed, but there is a broken pane of glass against the wall where the found their way in.

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  • 459. At 9:52pm on 02 Jun 2009, nancyrowina wrote:

    Possibly the most ironic birds nest in the UK, Two pigeons are nesting on a recently placed pigeon net just outside my bathroom window. I've added the photo's to the flickr group.

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  • 460. At 10:07pm on 02 Jun 2009, dobbsmob wrote:

    My daughter, Katy, age 9, says that she saw several birds nests underneath the track of one of the rollercoasters at Drayton Manor Park last year!

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  • 461. At 10:13pm on 02 Jun 2009, dannagher wrote:

    Another strange nesting place - a robin has made its nest on the GROUND under my wheelie bin. The robin found a natural depression in the ground under the bin and has lined it with moss from the garden. 3 chicks have hatched so far and one more to go. Luckily it's the compost bin and not due to be collected for another few weeks.

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  • 462. At 10:37pm on 02 Jun 2009, beevla wrote:

    My husband is a landscaper and he was unable to use his remaining 2 4x4" fence posts as there is a lovely female blackbird nesting on top. She has 4 eggs in the nest and we will be watching their progress. She must be quite stylish as she has used last years dried hydrangea flowers to make (or decorate?) her nest.

    Bekki in Norfolk

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  • 463. At 11:43pm on 02 Jun 2009, chuffme wrote:

    The hanging basket robins: Two chicks sucessfully fledged and are safe and well in the old hawthorne hedge at the bottom of the garden. Have so enjoyed watching them over the last few weeks. The parents are still coming back for their twice daily mealworm treat.

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  • 464. At 11:55pm on 02 Jun 2009, granitezookeeper wrote:

    4 Post hydraulic working car lift fitted in my garage where a wren has made two nests both in the top of two support posts.Doing well regardless of what height the lift is at.

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  • 465. At 00:29am on 03 Jun 2009, graham-macduff wrote:

    I have an apple tree at the bottom of my garden, completely covered in ivy, which has an enormous nest in it. Very excited when I noticed movement, and saw...a FOX!!! Didn,t know they could fly!

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  • 466. At 08:18am on 03 Jun 2009, rainbowMyosotis wrote:

    Swallows in France. About a month ago a pair of swallows arrived and took possession of the outside ceiling light in my back porch. This light has a downward sloping, glass shade. The walls of the porch are "crepied" and have a good (I think) rough surface for attaching a swallow's nest to. The next day another swallow arrived and the battle for possession of the light started. That night the original pair slept in the light in my bedroom (this also has a glass shade - a bit like an upturned dish which hangs about 2 inches from the ceiling). I didn't know they were there at first - lights went on; teeth were brushed; dogs were settled into their various beds; and, some time after I was settled in bed, there was a fluttering! I couldn't turn the swallows out in the pitch dark so they settled back into the light and we all went to sleep. The following morning, we put up a little platform in the corner of the porch so everyone had somewhere to sit! Eventually, the interloper hunted the original pair away and took possession of the porch light; then he found a mate; then they built a veritable fortress on the light shade. Yesterday, there were 5 eggs in the nest so, hopefully, we'll have babies soon.

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  • 467. At 08:32am on 03 Jun 2009, rainbowMyosotis wrote:

    Swallows in France - again. I was going to post photos, but the site says UK only.

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  • 468. At 10:28am on 03 Jun 2009, Darkstarplants wrote:

    Hi my husband works on a large private estate in North Yorkshire. He tells me they have a blackbird nesting in a Life bouy ring next to the lake. Hope nobody falls in and needs it! Sorry no photos of it.
    Jenny & Shaun

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  • 469. At 2:22pm on 03 Jun 2009, daffyguardian wrote:

    6 ducklings hatched on Saturday and were on the pond swimming happily on Sunday but sadly one died. It is now Wednesday and sadly 3 ducklings have been predated, one definitely by a magpie on Monday and we assume the other two who disappeared by this morning were also taken by a magpie. We had not realised how many birds predate ducklings. We will try to get Daffy (MUM) into our cat box by enticing her with swan and duck food, pop the 3 remaining ducklings into a separate box and take them in the car to our local pocket park today. We shall keep them in the dark because we have been told this is less frightening, and do our best to handle them carefully. If we can't do this very carefully then we shall have to leave them in our garden to their fate. We shall make sure there is no place for a nest on our pond next year because we have so many other birds round here which are fed by us and neighbours, and we know a sparrowhawk catches the doves round here.

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  • 470. At 4:40pm on 03 Jun 2009, ironSumo99 wrote:

    I was out walking at my local Rugby Club when I noticed a couple of small birds flying back and forth from one of the goal posts. They turned out to be blue tits, closer observation of this behaviour I noticed they were disappearing inside the cross bar.

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  • 471. At 5:21pm on 03 Jun 2009, daffyguardian wrote:

    After much 'shall we/shan't we try to catch them', we enticed mother duck into our old plastic cat box,(one with a domed roof as high as the bottom of the box was deep and with a wire door) by putting duck/swan food inside - her favourite. She has become very tame and I managed to shut the door behind her. Hubby who is a very experienced coarse fisherman caught the ducklings one by one in his large fine mesh landing net. We kept the two boxes, one of ducklings, one of mother duck, next to each other on the back seat of the car so they could hear each other's alarm calls, as advised.

    We managed to release both boxes at the same time as advised and mother duck began to lead the trio away from the river. The banks were high and very overgrown so the water was not visible. Mother duck trusted me enough by now to let me guide and shoo her towards the top of the bank, she spied the water, slipped down the long slope to a ledge, jumped in and the three ducklings followed.

    We were so thrilled to see her swim off down the wide long river with high overgrown banks on either side with lots of place to hide for them.

    Now we too can rest in peace. In the end it was all so funny we laughed until we cried.

    We shall try to prevent her from nesting on our pond next year by keeping the thick pond weed, which she nested on, below the water level next Spring.

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  • 472. At 5:30pm on 03 Jun 2009, longlegbillfan wrote:

    we had a black bird nest in our trellace last year and we would have had it again but dad scared them off. shame really

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  • 473. At 5:39pm on 03 Jun 2009, longlegbillfan wrote:

    i also found a young blackbird in the heather in our front garden. she didn't even move when i walked past her so i asked mum to watch her and we found out she had either been caught by the fox or the cat as she had both a broken wing and a broken leg she survived though because if a cat came near she would hide in the bushes. She became quite good at hopping. I named her Billie and i haven't seen her for months but a couple of weeks ago i saw her. Her leg was better but she won't ever fly again she was with another female blackbird i thought that was a bit weird it could be her mother but she is old enough to look after herself. please explain

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  • 474. At 6:52pm on 03 Jun 2009, peregrinelover2009 wrote:

    i saw starling chicks in one of the gun turret at the imperial war museum.i saw the mother coming back twice.

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  • 475. At 8:06pm on 03 Jun 2009, Snarly007 wrote:

    a robin made a nest in my garage on a shelf, see links below to view photo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39061432@N03/3592384757/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39061432@N03/3593181984/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39061432@N03/3592379411/

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  • 476. At 8:10pm on 03 Jun 2009, visualpatterns wrote:

    I have also seen the Blue Tits nest on the strut at the level crossing. If you go here http://www.flickr.com/photos/visual_patterns/ you can see some of the pictures I've started to upload.
    The birds are not bothered if the barrier is moving or not, nor about the sounds of trains or the crossing warning sirens!

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  • 477. At 8:28pm on 03 Jun 2009, Snarly007 wrote:

    a robin made a nest in my garage on a shelf, see links below to view photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39061432@N03/3592384757/in/pool-bbcspringwatch/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39061432@N03/3593181984/in/pool-bbcspringwatch/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39061432@N03/3592379411/in/pool-bbcspringwatch/

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  • 478. At 10:40pm on 03 Jun 2009, gamriesacrey wrote:

    Just come back from a trip to Skara Brae were we saw many starling and house sparrows nesting amongst the stones of the Skara Brae buildings, 5000 year old council flats? We also saw two Starlings nesting under the corrugations of a tin roof of the toilet block ( not the most isolated and quite place on the site)at the Sango Sands campsite in Durness NW Scotland,Pictures to follow when I work out how to do it.

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  • 479. At 10:45pm on 03 Jun 2009, tiffany84 wrote:

    At the back of my house i have a sky dish, on the back of the dish is the ledge that connects to the wall and then the other end is the dish itself. A pair of ring neck doves made a nest layed two eggs, which hatched and few weeks later after being well cared for from the mummy and daddy they got bigger and then flew away all together. As soon as they flew away 1 day later another ringneck dove sat on the nest and has layed two eggs which have not yet hatched. I took loads of photos from the pair before from day 1 till the day they left. Amazing how not one has fallen off!! the cute bit is watching the mother bird calling out and then you hear the daddy one calling to, then he comes to the nest and they swap places, and he does the same! with it being right outside my bedroom window i can hear quite loudly!!!

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  • 480. At 01:30am on 04 Jun 2009, Heathtiger wrote:

    I know the strangest nest of 2009 has now been chosen but I would like to relate the following report from 'Wild-life on a Norfolk Estuary' by AH Patterson(1907)- page 237

    A curious instance of the nesting of the blue tit has been published in the 'Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society', wherein it is recorded that about 1819 a man named Camplin climbed a gibbet in the parish of Wareham, upon which had been executed a person named Bennett for the murder of his master, John Filly, the trial taking place at Thetford. In the head of the skeleton a blue tit had built its nest, and the terrified family of nine or ten flew out on being disturbed.

    A type of habitat loss that I think can be tolerated!

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  • 481. At 11:22am on 04 Jun 2009, Mark_Goddard wrote:

    Many of these unusual nest sites seem to have some things in common. They are noisy, busy and potentially dangerous, both for the birds but also for predators. This has suggests a question I have that maybe someone on the team could answer? Could some of these birds have deliberately chosen these sites because of the extra protection from predators they give? You're giving us all a great programme by the way, it's fun, interesting and something to look forward everyday. There's so much rubbish on TV now, this is a breath of fresh air in comparison! Only sorry it can't be shown all year round! Thanks and well done.

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  • 482. At 12:42pm on 04 Jun 2009, gamriesacrey wrote:

    Strange nest sites in North West Scotland, Starlings under corrogations
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39090038@N06/3592953009/
    and the Skara Brae squats or is it 5,000 year old council flats?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39090038@N06/3592950139/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39090038@N06/3592946221/

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  • 483. At 8:47pm on 04 Jun 2009, treehugginhippy wrote:

    I have a late contender. I actually have a dove nesting inside my bathroom. She came in through the open window while I was out on Saturday, and is not sitting on eggs! We've had to lock the door to keep the cat out, and of course the three small children! What is she thinking! I hardly dare go in there myself!
    Julia. Bawdeswell, Norfolk

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  • 484. At 10:57am on 05 Jun 2009, darrenjhughes wrote:

    I've got some photo's of Blue Tits nesting in a fag butt bin how do I get these to springwatch

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  • 485. At 11:56am on 05 Jun 2009, jwoodge wrote:

    We spotted blue tits (I think) nesting in the box of the trebuchet at Warwick Castle. The box is what weights the trebuchet and contains about 6 tons of ballast. This gets fired twice a day and the box rises up and down throughout.

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  • 486. At 12:17pm on 05 Jun 2009, daffyguardian wrote:

    Oh dear, Daffy returned to our garden at 6.30 am yesterday morning. She fed on her usual duck food then flew off. We hoped she had just returned for breakfast but she returned a short while later and quacked incessantly for a while then went and sat in a flower border, which she has not done before. A drake arrived shortly after, presumably because she had called it. (We have noticed she goes and finds her drake mates if there is trouble. If they fly off and she wants to stay she will quack and they return, she is calling the shots and she even had us running around after her.) They both flew off within a short time and we have not seen them since. We assume she lost her ducklings.

    For the information of anyone interested we have a permanent view of the pond all day and we can see that it is Female Daffy who abandons the drakes, not the other way round. Admittedly the drakes only interest is mating, and when she is out of season she ignores them and they clear off.

    For the past two years she mated on our pond and nested elsewhere. When presumably she had begun to nest, the drake/s, which had followed her everywhere, flew in to our pond alone for about two to three evenings, and waited for her to no avail. So then one evening of the first year of mating, the single drake slept in the middle of the pond then flew off never to return until the following spring. The 2nd year the 2 drakes displayed the same behaviour, and on consecutive nights, one slept in the middle of the pond then flew off never to return until the following spring. They seemed very sad.

    The first year she mated Daffy presumably lost her ducklings because she returned in June, quacked noisily non-stop for ages, slept in the middle of the pond, then flew off never to return until the following spring. We are sure she is mating with the same drakes each year.

    It has been amazing to watch the three ducks fly into and out of our pond through a narrow gap in the trees.

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  • 487. At 10:03pm on 05 Jun 2009, ascotlad wrote:

    We have a robin nesting on a shelf in our stores, inside a very noisy hgv workshop she has been sitting on 4 eggs for 10 days very safe from predators.

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  • 488. At 10:56pm on 05 Jun 2009, greenman22 wrote:

    Over the past few years I have seen a few strange nests. One that sticks in my mind, was a great tit nest which was 3ft down a soil pipe on a house. I say 3ft as this was length down to a bend in the pipe. Sadly I do not know if the young ever fledged.

    Another was a blackbird nest which was on the seat of a child's wooden chair hooked on a garage wall. The bird used to come in via a broken window and fly to the nest where it sad happly. Even when the garage was in use!

    But, the stangest of all, again was a great tit nest which was under ground! Yes, under ground!
    In A park in Ealing I spotted a great tit, which flew into a broken air vent and then down under ground level. The young could be heard calling to the parent bird from the pipe. I looked in and could not see the young and guessed the birds must have been about 2ft down under soil level.

    Greenman22

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  • 489. At 11:45am on 06 Jun 2009, newsuperhero999 wrote:

    My son and I have seen Bluebirds nesting in a pole of a road sign. The sign is on a fairly busy t-junction, where they are obviously not disturbed at all.

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  • 490. At 2:16pm on 06 Jun 2009, macbumble wrote:

    We have a robin nesting in an old builders helmet hung on a wall in the repair shed at a local golf course.

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  • 491. At 3:01pm on 06 Jun 2009, windsorscastle wrote:

    Hi there,
    We've just discovered for the 2nd time this spring that 'our robins' have yet again nested in my husbands tool area at the side of our house (in one of the shelves), we have had a video camera set up on the first fledglings so we could all see the birds without disturbing them, all 4 left the nest safely, and now we have more eggs in the nest, we will have to set up the camera again!!

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  • 492. At 3:19pm on 06 Jun 2009, windsorscastle wrote:

    sorry i forgot to mention, i've posted pictures on the flickr site, under the name 'divinely guided'! http://www.flickr.com/groups/1051403@N21/?added=3

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  • 493. At 3:07pm on 07 Jun 2009, electronicGuitarman wrote:

    My next door neighbour has Swallows nesting in her shed, she has to leave the door open for them. Luckily we live in the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands. My other neighbour also has Swallows nesting, in his workshop. According to him the only downside is the amount of poo that gets deposited on his lawnmower. A small price to pay I think.

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  • 494. At 5:51pm on 07 Jun 2009, Ralphc1000 wrote:

    I went to Thorpe Park on the 5th of June and as me and my friends were queueing for the ride called Slammer we noticed 2 birds nests eithier side of the ride. If you check the ride out on thorpepark.com you realise how mad it is that the birds thought that this is a gd place to build a nest, very funny.

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  • 495. At 6:03pm on 07 Jun 2009, auntanimalover wrote:

    Love reading about and seeing the strange nesting places.A few years ago wrens nested in an old mop leaning up against the wall in our back garden.

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  • 496. At 1:15pm on 08 Jun 2009, x17cal wrote:

    I would like to tell you about 2 wild ducks that fly into my garden every year. 4 years ago, she laid 1 single egg in the middle of my bird bath, the next year she laid about 12 eggs in a half moon basket half way up a wall, last year we did not find any, but this year she has made a nest under an acer tree, at the back of my pond, and for the 1st time is actually sitting on 11 eggs.

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  • 497. At 3:03pm on 08 Jun 2009, susamor wrote:

    While working as milking parlour steward at the Royal Cornwall agricultural show, Wadebridge, last week, I found a pied wagtail had made a nest on top of the machine pulsator unit (which causes the vacuum to pulsate so the machine imitates the sucking action of a calf). The area had been reasonably deserted until cows and their herdspeople started arriving for the show on Tuesday 2nd. Suddenly the nest was in the middle of a bustling scene of cows being milked and visitors in their hundreds watching the action. Although nervous when activity was greatest the parents (maybe just the mother, I never saw both parents arrive at the same time) didn't give up and would wait, perched on top of the milk pipeline to the bulk tank, about 7 feet high, until there was sufficient lull to pop in with a mouthful of insects. By the end of the show on Saturday evening the chicks, I think 4, were all still OK and considerably bigger. I will put some photos on (if I can)

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  • 498. At 5:33pm on 09 Jun 2009, johnrsmith60 wrote:

    we have a spotted flycatcher which has built its nest just outside our back door on a 1,000W halogen flood light, it is currently sitting on a clutch but is very shy and easily spooked during the day so I do not want to disturb it trying to get a photo of it sitting. I do have a photo of the nest taken quite early on. It does not seem to worry however when the light is activated and comes on in the evening/night.

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  • 499. At 6:06pm on 09 Jun 2009, clearGemmaLawrence wrote:

    I work at the Monkey Sanctuary Trust in Cornwall, a rescue centre for primates in the UK; for the last four years or so we have had a family of swallows nesting in the rafters of our 'bat cave' a place where the visting public can watch the colony of lesser-horseshoe bats that live in our cellars on CCTV! The swallows go largely unnoticed by the public and have sucessfully raised many broods there over the years. They come back every year and despite the mess they leave on the floor for our volunteers to clean up each morning, it is a joy and a privilage to have them return to us each spring!

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  • 500. At 3:30pm on 12 Jun 2009, butterflymaiden2009 wrote:


    I am in Cambridgeshire and butterflies and scarce here since. The last time I saw anything other than cabbage whites was inmy teens.
    I am pleased to say that although ourt rose bushes are beating eaten we have spotted at least 12 catterpilars in our garden today.I have included some photos on my flickr account should anyone want to see them. I hope to get a blog on the progress soon.
    Tina

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