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Tell us about strange nests 2010

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 12:56 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Well, it's going to be tough but can we find a nest to beat the winner of last years "barmiest birds nest" competition? Remember the blue tit family nesting in the arm of an active railway level crossing, which rotated the entire nest through 90 degrees every time a train came by? (Sent in by the Allen family - thank you.)

Please, if you know of or have even heard a rumor of an active nest in a particularly weird and wonderful place could you let us know by commenting below? Even better, could you film it? We are standing by...

PS Lots of you have already told us about strange nests on this post (a big thank you). But to keep things tidy it would be great if from now on we stick to this one.


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  • Comment number 1.

    We found out last week that there was a nest of blue tits inside our tv unit. After hearing much chirping we went outside and saw mum (and dad?) flying in and out through a gap in the wall where the gas pipe enters. The question is once they have 'fledged' should we fill in the gap to stop this happening again? (just in case they leave behind rotting vegetation etc) we would rather not have to as it will mean destroying the tv unit to get to it! We feel very flattered that they have chosen us to live and raise their young with! The chirping seems to be getting louder so they must be getting strong

  • Comment number 2.

    We have a ring collared dove nesting opposite our house on top of the green light on a pedestrian crossing on a busy and noisy road, in an area which is often a hang out point for local youth. She has been there since about the 3rd week in April, so I am hoping her babies will be ready to fly soon as I think they are all so vulnerable! There is no shelter from the elements and there seems to be very little of a nest. I hope this doesn't become a favourite nesting spot - its too much of a worry for us!

  • Comment number 3.

    Got my mum to do this. My name is Buzz and I am a terrier, I was watching Springwatch and you mentioned birds nest. Well I have one in my kennel a family of Swallows have decided to nest. They fly through the bars of my kennel, through the front door of my kennel and up into the corner. Now I don't mind them nesting there but really do they have to make such a noise. A dog cann't get a good sleep with all this flying in and flying out. And sorry but I am a terrier!!!!! Mum rang the RSPB and got told that apparently I must be very quiet for swallows to nest in my kennel. Don't tell mum but I do like a little chase when she isn't looking. Well what do you expect when they sit on the top of run looking down waiting for me to turn my back! If you want you can come and look but hey bring the gravey bones with you.

  • Comment number 4.

    Not a nest as such, but more nesting behaviour.
    Was interesting on last night's programme when Chris mentioned the blue tits using mint in the nest. I had also come across this research when I noticed similar behaviour in goldfinches.
    I look out onto our birdfeeder, which is above a herb garden quite close to the house, so I only occasionally see goldfinches. But last month, a pair of goldfinches started attacking our curry plant. They always came as a pair, and they started stripping off small fronds of the herb, and carried a beakful away with them, ignoring all the other herbs.
    Either our goldfinches are aromatherapy savvy, or they are just fussy about bad smells!

  • Comment number 5.

    This is more of a strange happening than position of nest.
    We have a male blackbird feeding and sitting on a robins nest with 5 robin chicks, which is above our front door in the ivy.
    The blackbird has a nest within 5 feet with eggs in, with the female siting on them.
    The adult robins are trying to get in and feed their young but can't get in until the blackbird leaves.
    We originally chased the blackbird from the robins nest thinking it was going to attack the chicks but then realised it was sitting on the nest. This morning we watched it take food into the nest while the adult robins waited on the ground. I have photographed the blackbird on the robins nest.
    Can the robin chicks survive with this happening.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi all at spring watch...love the show.
    just to let you know we have a few birds nesting at are house.
    We have 2 swallows nest's one lot have gone but the others are still there.
    Next to the swallows nest we have sparrows nesting and up on the roof next to the tolet we have starlings .
    We love having all the birds but i must say day they are sooooo messy .

  • Comment number 7.

    Strange nesting behaviour.We have a robins nest with 5 chicks, and within 5 feet a blackbirds nestwith eggs in, both in the ivy above our front door.The adult robins were feeding their young, the blackbirds eggs are still to hatch.The male blackbird keeps going onto the robins nest.
    We originally chased the blackbird from the robins nest thinking it was going to attack the chicks but then realised it was sitting on the nest. This morning we watched it take food into the nest while the adult robins waited on the ground.They can only feed their chicks when the blackbird leaves the nest.
    Can the robin chicks survive with this happening

  • Comment number 8.

    We have great tits nesting in a large deep hole in the trunk of our ancient apple tree about 2ft. from the ground. We were very surprised that they should nest so near to the ground and worried for them as they are an easy target for magpies, etc. The eggs hatched 5 or so days ago and there is lots of noise from the young babies. We just hope they stay safe. The parents are very trusting of us and our dog, they spent the whole winter feeding from our bird feeders in the tree. Is this unusual and how long before they are ready to fledge?

  • Comment number 9.

    A strange place to nest:


    Might be worth taking a camera crew there!

  • Comment number 10.

    On May 1st.we discovered a Geat-tits nest at the bottom of a very old traffic cone which we have in our garden.It is only about 18inches deep but we were worried about the baby birds getting out.
    We watched the parent birds go in and out of the top.We knew when the 8 eggs had hatched. We could hear the baby birds chirping which attracted next doors cat, so we built a temperary barrier around the cone.Still the parent birds were flying in and out.On May 18th.all seemed well, plenty of chirping coming from the nest.On May 19th.all was silent and on lifting the cone we found 8 dead baby Great-tits.We are still wondering what might have caused this tragedy !

  • Comment number 11.

    We have 5 families of blue tits in nest boxes and 1 in a tree trunk. about to fledge,A baby great tit stuck its head out of the box this morning & then changed its mind, obviously didn't like the weather.We have swallows nesting for the 5th consecutive yearin the same nest.We watched long tailed tits building a beautiful nest, only to have it destroyed by goldfinches.

    Sadly we have lost a family of great tits and 2 blue tits which we saw being dragged out of the box by a greater spotted woodpecker, has anyone seen this before?

    I now spend all day chasing it off the other boxes.

  • Comment number 12.

    Last year we had some visitors to our garden, three mallard ducks. One female and two males. the female decided to make a nest at the side of our pond which is not too far from the house, she went on to lay ten eggs all of which hatched.
    Well they have returned this year, and she layed five eggs in her old nest but they got attacked by magpies, and then just disappeared,possibly a fox.
    She carried on coming to our garden,but we knew she was laying somewhere else. Unfortunately we think this nest must have been raided because she has found a better site now, just 2.5 meters from our conservatory window.
    She has laid eleven eggs and has started incubating then, getting off the nest to have a feed and stretch her wings.
    I pity the baby ducklings though because they have about a mile walk to get to their home in the park, and also there is a road to cross,all last years babies made it so we will keep our fingers crossed for them.
    thank you for a great program, but we have got the real thing just outside our window.

  • Comment number 13.

    today in the rain i see a spotted wood pecker drill into my shed then when i look in it was making a nest in the buggey. from Charlie lives in aldam essex

  • Comment number 14.

    We have an Oystercatcher in our garden in rural Cheshire - he has been here for about 3 or 4 days and digs for worms etc then flies off and comes back. Is it unusual to see this bird so far inland?

  • Comment number 15.

    On last nights show you were talking about blue tits only being single brooded. I assume this goes for Great tits too? This morning I watched a Great tit collecting pieces from my coconut fibre doormat and taking it away, and last week it (or a different one) was taking away dog hair that I had left on the lawn as if building a nest. Perhaps the evolutionary reliance on caterpillars has now become unimportant due to the availability of peanuts and they are now trying two broods? Has anyone checked this out or have I just got a mad Great tit?

  • Comment number 16.

    Last Autumn I set up a bug box, a number of the holes have been sealed with what looks like mud. What bugs are likely to be in the sealed up holes?

  • Comment number 17.

    I have House Martins nesting in the roof arch of my house but the nest was blown down in a storm in December. When the House Martins returned a few weeks ago, instead of using a perfectly fine uninhabited nest on the side of my house they decided to go to all the trouble of making a new nest in the same place that the old one was. Why didn't they just use the one on the side of the house ?

  • Comment number 18.

    just to tell you my lady esther dodd has seen a kite flying over midsommer norton in somerset cool at about 10.30

  • Comment number 19.

    hello there are two thin holes in a house next door and we see a pair of finches flying in an out. But the hole is like the size of a toilet roll tube ??? how can the fit like that ?

  • Comment number 20.

    There's a seagull nest between platforms 3 and 4 of my local train station! There are 2-3 eggs in the nest that you can see when mum/dad go to scare off other birds that come too close. It's under a raised electrical box right in the middle between the platform edges. Fascinating to watch when I'm waiting for the train to leave in the morning!

  • Comment number 21.

    I've noticed over the last few weeks a bird going in and out of my washing line post but can't really see what kind of bird it is my husband sneaked a quick look when we first noticed this and he said that he could see at least 3 eggs the parent birds are in and out all the time feeding the chicks

  • Comment number 22.

    Went to Colchester Zoo today and spotted a blue tit nest inside a hole on one of the posts that made up the climbing structure inside the black and white Colobus Monkey enclosure. How safe can a nest get?

  • Comment number 23.

    We have a ring collared dove nesting in our front garden in our palm tree (so unfortunately I can't take a picture/film as it is very high up.

    My kids and I think you and your team are fantastic

    Millar family

  • Comment number 24.

    We have a nest of bumblebees in our garage. I am not sure which bumblebee they are, they are medium sized. They arrived last summer and are now active again. They live in the bottom of a shelving unit. Last summer after dark when we went into the garage it sounded as if they were all snoring, such was the noise coming from the bottom of the unit.

  • Comment number 25.

    I have a nest between my compost bin and the wall - circular in shape about knee high from the ground. The opening is about the size of a 2p piece - any idea what it could be?

  • Comment number 26.

    We live in northumberland and our local garden centre car park has become the unlikely location for an oystercatcher to nest. The garden centre have cordened off the area and arranged cctv to monitor the birds and their eggs, which seem to be attracting a large amount of interest. Is this unusual for this species?

  • Comment number 27.

    There are large numbers of Starlings nesting in and around the area in which we live, but the strangest nesting site that we have seen so far is in the airbrake structure of a retired RAF Buccaneer aircraft that is on display outside a local petrol station, next to a main road. It appears that several starling families have set up home, gaining access through holes in the rear of the aircraft.

  • Comment number 28.

    I have a nest box i my garden which last year had a blue tit's in this year we were hoping to have them backbut instead we have bee's making a nest is this normal. will try to get some photo's

  • Comment number 29.

    I was watching springwatch earlier and saw that there is great concern for our bees! well we have great news , we have a bumble bees nest in one of our bird boxs in our garden , and my husband has also noticed one in our compost heap!unfortunatly no blue tits nesting this year , we have had robins one year and blue tits another , and this year the bee!

  • Comment number 30.

    I've been walking in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park early each morning for the past couple of weeks and I've been watching several birds building and visiting their nests. The blue tits, of course, have found the most 'interesting' location - in an old gas lamp post by the Serpentine. A more natural location has been chosen by a treecreeper I saw on Monday taking nesting material into a hole in a dead tree. All this and a Red Kite too - not nesting, but soaring over the Serpentine last Tuesday!

  • Comment number 31.

    beat this my male alexandrean parrot lost his wife some while ago i went out to see why he was not going into his box and was making so much noise to my surprise when looking into the old nest box i found a blue tit nest with 2 eggs he sits on guard by the hole they go in and out no problem,i have been keeping parrots for 20 years in the new forest i have never seen anything like this before.If he had been an african grey he would have killed and eaten the tits how lucky they are.

  • Comment number 32.

    As my husband was lifting the lawn mower out of the shed, the most amazing little nest fell out from beneath it! It was made from grass cuttings and feathers from our daughter's pink feather boa. To the surprise of my husband, a (we think) Woodmouse came crawling out of the nest and went under the shed. Then out rolled two teeny-weeny babies!! I, carefully, placed the sleeping babies back in the nest and returned it to a more secure place in the shed, just inches from the original nest site.

    Three photos on the Flickr group. You can't miss them - they're bright PINK!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Whilst Springwatch was on air this evening, my wife and I saw a wren entering the trunk of an elephant shaped hanging basket outside the lounge window. There were items of food in its beak, and the entry and exit was repeated a number of times. I have a photo' but don't wish to go through the rigmarole of joining groups to show it.

  • Comment number 34.

    we have a pigeon nesting in an old tire on the balcony of our second floor flat. now i don't want to go out there in case i disturb her!

  • Comment number 35.

    To Springwatch

    We have blue tits nesting in a communual cigarette ashtray outside of our Southampton office entrance and the adults are now bringing food to the chicks.

    Regards Jaxx

  • Comment number 36.

    For the first time this year, we have a pair of lesser black backed gulls on next door's flat dormer roof. When buildng the nest,a herring gull was helping(?) with sticks to the nest site.
    We are about 500M from the beach and 1000M from Christchurch Harbour.
    The two have been vigilent even fending off inquisitive crows, with the help of the herring Gulls
    We now have three little chicks exploring the roof even up to the edge under the watchful eye of the proud parents.

    Blue Tits:
    We have Blue Tits feeding in our nest box. Your said that Blue Tits nest earlier, but we have always had them in our nest box at this time of year.

  • Comment number 37.

    Most mornings, at about 5am, our east-facing kitchen window is attacked by crows. Does anyone know why? Could this be territorial and perhaps they are seeing their reflection?

  • Comment number 38.

    Won't be unusual to you but we have a Dimmock nesting in a camelia bush which sits a foot below a bird box which is close to our kitchen window. Bluetits have been raised and fledged from the bird box in the last week and although we have watched the comings and goings of the tits we have never seen the Dimmocks building the nest and my wife only discovered it when she was chopping a few leaves from the camelia. The nest contains 4 bright blue eggs and we can't understand how it was built without our seeing the activity. The bird sits on the nest almost perminantly

  • Comment number 39.

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful stories with us everyone.

    You can send us your pictures by joining the Springwatch Flickr group or by putting your pictures online elsewhere and linking to them here.

    Martin and the team and I are all reading your stories so keep them coming!

    Sam :)

  • Comment number 40.

    We have a nest of four young Blue Tits inside the arm of a hollow steel bag lifter designed for use on the back of a tractor. It has a hook on the end which is perfect for the adults to perch on and a lovely nest right down the tube is safe from the weather and predators. My daughter took a picture with her mobile phone which I will try and link for you to see.

  • Comment number 41.

    Whoops. For Dimmock please read Dunnock.!!!! Embarrassed poster.

  • Comment number 42.

    Went to Cornwall camping last week and a couple of Blue tits had nested in a cigerette box (used to put your cigs out in) There where four chicks and by the looks only about a week old. The campsite owner put up a notice warning people not to 'roast' them. I checked them every other day and the parents where very busy feeding them. Odd place to nest though.

  • Comment number 43.

    I work for The Organic Herb Trading Company based in Milverton, Somerset. We have a designated smoking area with a bin for disposing of finished cigarettes. Over a bank holiday weekend this was given a spring clean by a pair of bluetits who are now rearing a healthy brood of blue tits from within the bin whilst the smokers are having to dispose of their cigarettes elsewhere!
    We are having an open day on July 2nd from 4pm - 8pm, feel free to come and visit them!

  • Comment number 44.

    We live in one of a group of newly built flats adjacent to a new 24 hour supermarket. Yet we still get lots of nature visiting including foxes, squirrels and birds such as blackcaps, redwings and great spotted woodpeckers.

    Some blue tits have nested in the back one one of the street lamps just outside our window. I first saw one of the birds investigating inside the lamp back in January this year and wondered if it was perhaps going to roost inside there during the cold snap. However, I can now hear chicks inside there and now think it must have been finding potential nest sites nice and early! I wonder if the chicks and parents are kept awake by the light during the night?!

    Anyway, it's lovely to see nature around such a built up area demonstrating how it can adapt to thrive anywhere.

  • Comment number 45.

    Im Secretary at Darlington Golf Club where we have a family of Blue Tits nesting in a Cigarette bin mounted on the wall next to the first tee.

    Amazing little acrobats and quite a talking point for our members and visitors.

    Ive posted a video of them elsewhere on this site

  • Comment number 46.

    We have a pair of robins nesting in a plastic grecian urn planter full of aubretia on the wall right next to the front door. Both the parents flitter in and out all day. We have discovered this morning that we have 3 babies. I have had to put a notice above the planter to ask people not to disturb them as they are so close to the door. I have pictures but not sure how to display them.

  • Comment number 47.

    At Radipole Lake Nature Reserve there is a coot building a nest in the middle of the lake which is really strange because it is out in the open and is surely an easy target for a predadtor. I have a picture but I also don't know how to display it.

    CB x

  • Comment number 48.

    We have an old work-table in the back garden, on which are a number of up-turned flower-pots. ABout a week ago, my wife wanted to use one (about 9" high), so she picked it up, only to find the entire base covered with moss and fluff and down, to about 2 inches deep, in which was a nest contining about 10 blue-tit eggs.

    We've since spent some time watching a tit entering or leaving through the one-inch hole in the bottom (= top!) - a bit time-consuming, and I'm afraid we haven't been able to photograph this activity yet. We do have still photos of the pot, and lifting it, of the nest and eggs inside - must try to upload them to Flickr.....

    The in-and-out activity seems to have speeded up today (Wednesday 2nd June), so we wonder whether the eggs are hatching.....
    We have no idea how the fledgelings will manage to fly up to the whole before they've learned to fly.....

  • Comment number 49.

    hi,my bird box as bees and wasps living in the same box

  • Comment number 50.

    We have Great Tits nesting in the old kitchen extractor fan built into the house. The parents are very attentive and the noise from the chicks is amazing and constant. Very cute :-)

  • Comment number 51.

    I have seen a dippers nest underneath a bridge of the M6 motorway in Lancashire, it is about 10-15 feet above the water on the underside of the bridge. The parent birds were feeding young last night

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi, we have a family of bluetits nesting in an old toilet overflow pipe!! i have taken some photos of mum n dad, chicks are peeping out of the hole;-)

  • Comment number 53.

    I feed the wild birds all winter and I am contueing to do it. I have three nesting boxes up for small birds (Had a pair of Sparrows nesting last year. On Tuesday nights programme it was mentioned that thrushes do not usually come into Gardens to breed, but this year I have a pair of thrushes have built a nest on top of one of my trellises camoflaged by a pink clematis. I have photos but cannot find an E-Mail address to send them.

    Around my house I have Foxes, an Irish Hare (rarely seen), Squirels Pheasants, Collared Doves, Pigeons, Buzzards, Wrens, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Thrushes, Blackbirds, Starlings, Bats, Robins, A grey/Brown bird with Red & White on its chest/head and probably more that I have forgotten.


  • Comment number 54.

    just thought you would like to know about an unusual birds nest i spotted today ,while at a local garden centre along with all the normal birdfood and bird boxes for sale was a bird box not for sale as it was occupied by a blue tit which was happily going about its business feeding its young while people were paying for there goods .

  • Comment number 55.

    Flew into Heathrow the other day, and as I walked through the Terminal 5 car park and looked to my left I saw a huge nest in one of the trees. The tree was one of six which had been planted in a concrete courtyard in full view from all four sides from above! Maybe the birds thought it was a quiet place while the ash cloud was about.

  • Comment number 56.

    My names Amy and I live in Luton, we have an arbour over out patio an have hung some windchimes from them, as we were in the kitchen we noticed a wren hopping around with nessting materials in it beak, we watched it closely and saw that it flew up into one of the windchimes which ironicaly is ment to be a bird house (looks like a mud hut) and we believe there is a pair in there but they are so quick we cant film them but we have just managed to get photos! but i have to say they are good pics ;)


  • Comment number 57.

    We live close to Snetterton Race Circuit in Norfolk, where they have a good population of Lapwings. At a recent race event, we noticed one family had made a nest between the track and crash barriers at the Bombhole corner.

    We are desperately hoping that the chicks fledge and the family moves before the next major race event!

  • Comment number 58.

    we have a pair of collared doves nesting on our satellite dish its taken them several attempts as the twigs just kept falling straight off but they've finally managed it!unfortunately as its quite high up we're unable to get a clear photo to send to you.

  • Comment number 59.

    We have a wild duck nesting in front of our front door, and we had another one in our heather bed earlier in the year and it had 15 ducklings! The rest of the year we never see any ducks.

  • Comment number 60.

    Red-legged partridge's left 2 eggs under my big bay window outside!

  • Comment number 61.

    i am working on a building site in west sussex and over the weekend a bird had laid eggs in one of our rubbish sack due for the fire!
    i noticed the bird shoot out of the bag as i went to pick it up, and see the 5 eggs wich i think belong to a robin but it could also be a wren after looking at the chicks. but i do not know the 1st thing about birds
    i have some pics but i dont know how to post them!

  • Comment number 62.

    Two weeks ago we were at the Osprey viewing site at Bassenthwaite in Cumbria. The collection box had been cordoned off as blue tits were nesting in it!

  • Comment number 63.

    Whilst out and about in an area of plantation woodland in the Cotswolds I found family of Great Tits nesting at the bottom of a plastic tree protector! I have a photo of 6 little black topped heads peering up at me!

  • Comment number 64.

    My family and I were at goape Holden Forest (Exeter) on section 5 of the high wire adventure course when we noticed a birds nest with chicks in one of the pully systems. Every time a person connected and used the tarzan swing to get to the cargo net the nest moved up and down in the tube on the counter balance, so you could see them clearly. (This was on 02/06/10).

  • Comment number 65.

    I have an ornamental old chimney pot in my garden with a strawberry pot on top and a nest of (i think) coal tits nesting in there.I am concerned as to how they will get out.As far as I can remember,there is nothing inside of the chimney,so nest must be at the bottom.

  • Comment number 66.

    We have an ornamental replica cannon in our garden which has recently been host to a family of great tits with at least 4 chicks which have now fledged. We will send in a photo, the only problem is that our cat Thomas took an unhealthy interest in the nest so we had to construct an elaborate protective chicken wire cage around it, which did not hinder the parents feeding the chicks regularly.

  • Comment number 67.

    We have a family of great tits nesting in our post box just by our front door.

    The chicks are very active sometimes and any movement outside the post box starts off a series of furious cheeping as they think food is arriving.

    The parents can be seen visiting the nest through the glass of the front door, but waiting outside to get pictures has been rather unfruitful so far.

    We have instructed the postman to use the bag by the post box rather than dropping letters on their heads. However one morning we found the post just shoved into the box. Fortunately no injuries to the chicks and they completely ignored the post as well.

  • Comment number 68.

    We live in France on the Charente/Dordogne border and about a month ago discovered a pair of great tits nesting in an old Greek urn that we keep on the edge of our well, next to a patio we use only occasionally. We only discovered them as we went to sit outdoors one evening and a bird flew out of the urn... I was curious to know if they were nesting, fetched the camera and sure enough there were 8 eggs inside. I was worried that the fledglings would not be able to get up and out of the narrow neck, but they did two weeks ago. Unfortunately we did not see them leave, but we do have some pictures of the urn, the eggs and fledglings inside.

  • Comment number 69.

    We have a beehive composter in the garden, when I went to turn it over I discovered bumble bees nesting in the warm compost, I left it undisturbed!

  • Comment number 70.

    I understand your concern for the Great-Tits in the traffic-cone because we had this last year. Don’t be too worried. We kept a close eye on them and all was well. Perhaps you could look at the short film I made - it’s on you tube www.youtube.co.uk/cecilbdemille22 Peter Marshall

  • Comment number 71.

    Well.... my family and I were walking with a friend and our dogs around Briton Ferry woods, when suddenly the dogs stopped in their tracks and started to sniff a gap of a tree, i walked over to the tree and looked inside to find a small bluetit sitting on a nest. It is very strange as the nest is really close to the ground. At the last count, there were 4 little chicks inside. As we carried on, on our trek, we came across a gate that we had to go through, there were wooden posts on both sides. As my mother went to put her hand on a post to have a little rest, to her supprise, her hand fell through a little hole in the top. She had a look inside and found yet another bluetit nest with 11 little eggs inside, they have now hatched and there are 8 chicks growing inside.They are now 9 days old and doing very well:). We also found a thrush nest on a bank with 4 chicks inside but as it was in a reachable place for preditors, they went missing over night leaving the nest empty.

  • Comment number 72.

    I visited relatives over the bank holiday weekend and spent a while exploring their large garden looking for nesting birds to try and photograph. Right outside their back door, they have a collection of stoneware jars and I was amazed to hear chicks inside one of these. I sat nearby and watched.... sure enough a great tit landed on the lip and disappeared down inside! I took quite a lot of photographs and these can be seen on my June 1st entry on my blog at www.wildlifekate.wordpress.com. I am a little concerned about how the chicks will get out though....

  • Comment number 73.

    We've just returned from a few days in Dorset and saw two crazy birds' nests. Blue tits were nesting in what probably appeared to them to be a nest box, but the box was for a speaker and the nest was wedged in behind. The speaker was in front of a gorilla enclosure at Monkey World. I took some photos. The other nest, probably blue tits again but I was too far away to be sure, was down the top of the post supporting the 'give way' sign at the end of the B3351, right opposite Corfe Castle. How would there be room in there for a nest full of birds and how will they get out?

  • Comment number 74.

    At Horning in Norfolk there is a swallow nesting in the front of the "mississippi river boat". It leaves the bank regularly during the day on trips that last 1 1/2 hrs. Some even have a jazz band on board. Each time the boat returns to the jetty the parent birds feed the youngsters.

    Haven't any photos but I'm sure some of the crew or staff will have. It is the talk of the area and I'm surprised no-one else has commented on it.

  • Comment number 75.

    This happened yesterday!
    I was working in my friends yard, when they arrived in their truck to load up with equipment for a job in a school near Southend on Sea (we are all keen bird/nature lovers).
    The usual stuff, shovels, timber, power tools and a cement mixer.
    The school was about 20-25 miles away, and the weather was not good, rained for most of the day, so they worked quickly setting out and digging holes to fill with concrete for the foundations.
    They were done in about 4 hours, and loaded up the truck for the return home, while lifting the cement mixer back onto the truck, one of my friends noticed some dry leaves, moss etc., up under the electric motor, on closer examination, he could see that it was a Wrens nest, which still had some live chicks in it!!!!
    They coulnd't believe what the poor things had gone through, what with the journey and mixing a few loads of concrete, but it seemed that the electric motor had kept them warm! I hasten to add, that the nest did not go round and round with the main drum!
    They quickly cleared up and drove home, where I was still working in the yard, told me about the nest, and we carefully placed the mixer back in the same position we took it from, within 10 mins, the parent Wrens were busy feeding them!
    Today, I checked the nest (from a distance), and it seems all is well!
    Both parents continue to feed the chicks (and take away the waste!), and this evening, I sat in the truck with the window down, and tried to take some photos, but they are just too busy and don't sit still for very long, but will try again tomorrow!
    As an added twist to this story, the job we started yesterday, was for a bird hide with a living roof in an area the school has set aside as a small nature reserve!!

  • Comment number 76.

    I believe it's quite common but I have a collared dove nesting on the bracket of next door's satellite dish (behind the dish). The good thing is that due to the way our houses are staggered, the bathroom window on the side of my house has a square on view of the nest, just a few feet away. The dove/doves seem to have got use to me too, probably as they see me every time I stand having a... well, you know.

  • Comment number 77.

    We had Great Tits nesting at work in a traffic cone! We were extremely concerned but the young unbelievably fledged.It seems they found a way!Working in a garden centre is a haven for wildlife.
    Emily in Surrey.

  • Comment number 78.

    I discovered a nest in my peg bag which hangs on my garage wall when I tried to hang some washing out the other day. So my car now has to live in the drive as I do not want to disturb it! I have since discovered it is a robin's nest as I have seen a robin fly in and out of the open garage window. I have a photo if you are interested.

  • Comment number 79.

    there is a wrens nest in part of the body work,by rear wheel of my works jcb, which we had been using daily till end of last week,when the eggs hatched,now we've left the machine were it is till they all leave. also have blue tits nest in out side ash tray, they're nearly ready to leave

  • Comment number 80.

    Last week my mam and dad had there old boiler replaced and left it in their garden to be picked up. When the scrap men came my dad discovered a robins nest inside so it will be a while before the scrap men get their hands on the boiler!

  • Comment number 81.

    This is too similar to last year's winner, and not as barmy! Nevertheless here it is. Blue Tits are nesting inside and near the top of a metal railway signal post next to a level crossing near High Lane east of Stockport. The semaphore type signal is in constant use, but I'm not sure whether or not the signal wire is close to the nest. I'll check it out next time I go. (It's where I start my BTO BBS, and I only go there for that purpose - should be doing my second walk in a couple of week's time.)

  • Comment number 82.

    I have noticed reports of Blue tit nests in those vertical cigarette bins fixed to walls out side club doors and the likes, there is at least one reported on here. I spotted a sign on one of these 'butt recepticals' today at Pentney caravan park on their club wall. The sign says DO NOT USE!! BIRDS NESTING! and out popped a blue tit complete with faecal sack in it's bill. Just goes to prove even daft laws can have unexpected benefits, but will the chicks grow up addicted to nicotine, is it spreading as this seems to be an increasingly popular site for blue tits to breed, one was reported on anglia tele news the other night.
    On a different point, check out the car park at Salthouse,the one at the sea end of the track opposite the last house heading towards Weybourne, There is an avocets nest on the flash about 100yards west of the coffee van, the male even chases off the marsh harriers, he is an absolute psyco!! I think it may be the same bird which was there last year, it even attacked a kiddies kite!
    All the best Paul Rix [oldgeezer]

  • Comment number 83.

    There is a Bluetit or Greattit's nest in the Church wall at Dorcester Abbey, Oxfordshire. It's just about 15 feet off the foot. It is above the large window as you walk into the church yard from the main high street.
    What will happen when the chicks leave the nest, as it is a long way down. The adult birds are very quick in and out of the hole and the hole is very hard to find but a cameraman of yours will find it no problem if they stay there a few mins. I spotted the bird going to a from the hole last Wednesday when I visited the village. Also watch out for the pair of trushes that are very vocal and the phesant in the neighbours garden. Also the blackbirds around the back of the church back and forth to their nests.

  • Comment number 84.

    Sorry 15 foot off the floor level. Is what I should of said.

  • Comment number 85.

    Strange nest. The red saucepan hung above the sink in my son's lean-to kitchen was the chosen site for Mr and Mrs Blue Tit to set up home during his trip to India.I have posted a picture of the saucepan with bedding spewing out of it, and another of the baby tits which were on the point of fledging on flickr. While we sat in the kitchen Mum and Dad were constantly flying in and out to feed the youngsters - therefore photographing them had to be done quickly! I will attempt to post a snippet of film of the feeding on your webcam site.

  • Comment number 86.

    We have some pictures of a blackbird nesting in the garden fixings display at our local B & Q, perched precariously on the hooks just above the weeed fabric staples, which are £2.28 for 10 if anyone interested, wasnt sure how to post.

  • Comment number 87.

    During Wed. pm broadcast of the scrape Chris & Kate were talking about avocets shell duck etc but in the background snipe were drumming. Please play-back the soundtrack and listen to the background sound.

  • Comment number 88.

    we have lived at our present address for 10 years, this year out of the back of our bungalow, we have noticed a doves nest in the corner of the guttering of a house & thought it was strange?
    Especially as there are several trees around different gardens!!
    Is this a normal thing?

  • Comment number 89.

    we have a pair of bluetits nesting in our metal cigarette but box at work on an industrial estate. At the moment we have 6 chicks 2 weeks old and doing well. the parents are not bothered at all by us standing watching

  • Comment number 90.

    i am not sure if this is one i was out in the woods one time and i saw a woodpecker making a hole in the a tree then a couple of days later a blue tit started to nest in there i am not sure if that strange nest

  • Comment number 91.

    I have in my garden a most unusual nest, for me anyway,not a birds nest but a "SOLITARY" bee nest , underground in a strip of ground near the shed door. Since the end of Feb. '10 I have seen what I thought was a bumble bee in the garden.Early in May ,on going to open the shed door coincided with this bee flying into the hole.During the early part of May it has merrily been pollinating my fruit trees,a more important activity than anything the birds are doing, and since the nest cannot be observed makes it all the more interesting. Middle of May a large dead leaf from a nearby sycamore tree appeared over the 22mm dia. hole. I thought this rather odd due to its precise position. I moved the leaf and the next day two leaves had been positioned half way down the hole. By this time I had checked the encyclopedia. A week or so later I saw a smaller,presumably a baby "SOLITARY" bee appear from out of the hole. I feel there are 3/4 youngsters coming and going from the hole. As they are rapidly getting bigger,yesterday they have now removed the leaves from the hole entrance. It has been quite a detective story especiaaly as it is tracking something many times smaller than any bird and moves at great speed. My neighbour was so impressed at this wonder of nature under our nose she wrote a poem which should be shared, as follows.
    ( Poem contributed by LIZ CAMERON )

  • Comment number 92.

    The company I work for Morgan Sindall are currently involved in a project to replace Paddington Station's Roof Span 4. Over the course of a weekend a herring gull decided to nest in a steel fixers bucket that had been left in the open roof space over the weekend. The photos taken show a determined yet comfortable looking individual daring anyone to come near. The Project Managers are delighted with the visitor and the delay to programme and safety risk its presence brings!

  • Comment number 93.

    Great Tits in a Greek Urn
    Great tits are nesting in a Greek urn in our garden - I'll send a pic from my phone. They're doing well and the parents feeding busily. Should I turn the pot on its side so they can get out when they appear to be ready to fly?

  • Comment number 94.

    Not the barmiest of nest positions, perhaps, but I have a question about Blue Tit second broods.

    There is a Blue Tit nest inside the extractor fan in my kitchen. The parent birds excavated a hole in the wall next to it by pulling out the grouting. I thought they were taking it off to build a nest somewhere, but instead they have nested in this hole. So I've had to make sure I don't use the fan - don't want to see a flurry of feathers shoot out of the wall.

    Last night Chris said that Blue Tits only have one brood per year. But I first heard chicks in this nest during the week beginning 25 April. I saw some fledglings outside several weeks later, but have heard chicks in the nest once more for the past couple of weeks (I can hear them as I type, as they make a real racket). So this must be a second brood. Is this possible, or does it mean a second pair of Blue Tits has used the nest? The parents look very bedraggled, so I can well imagine this is their second brood.

  • Comment number 95.

    it is said that jackdaws are meant to be solitary birds but i can prove to who ever said that that they are wrong, as my mum has a jackdaw nest in her chimney and so do the next door neighbors and my mum says about 8 o'clock every morning they fly about together as if to be playing tag. also in her garden she has a bumble bee nest under her shed in the garden and in the other neighbors chimney they have honey bees. also she is doing her bit to keep bees alive and thriving she has a wide variety of plants fruit and veg growing to encourage all sorts of wild life.

  • Comment number 96.

    I recently went to Alton Towers and saw a pair of moorhens nesting between 2 giant green plastic frogs in an ornamental lily pond near the main entrance! I have a photo if you want it but it's not that good. Emily

  • Comment number 97.

    My daughter and I visited Disneyland Paris weekend of 7th May. We were sat on the famous "Dumbo Ride" waiting for it to start and noticed a collared dove sitting on a nest in the centre of the ride.
    We started moving and the elephants we were sat in started spinning round but more amazingly the nest with dove sat on it was spinning round too. I dread to think how many times a day that dove went round, bearing in my mind how popular the ride is..
    We didn't have a camcorder with us but do have a photo!!

  • Comment number 98.

    We have a nest in a plastic shopping bag filled with Christmas Tinsel and hanging from a peg in our barn.

  • Comment number 99.

    Hi. We have a number of preformed house martins nests around the eaves of our house (10) all in use but one family of house martins have decided to build a nest in the gap between the preformed nest and the roof of the house so all they have to do is block up one end and make an entrance the other.

  • Comment number 100.


    We have a Great Tit nest in the bottom of a narrow necked replica Roman amphora, set upright in a metal stand, next to the back door. The parents have no difficulty getting in and out, and have been feeding for at least a fortnight. Should we turn the amphora on its side to make fledging easier for the chicks? and if yes, when?


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