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Does anyone know what type of bird would inhabit this nest. It was in the middle of an Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius. The plant was in a bad way and when we removed it this was in the middle. The nest appears to be made of lichens, but the inside was completely stuffed with feathers.
The photo was taken 4th May 2008. There were no eggs or chicks in the nest.
That's a long-tailed tit's nest http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Long-tailed_Tit#p00dxvfq
It looks like a long tailed tits nest to me and is similar to some nests I knew to be theirs.
Great minds. It must be because we are both retired.
We do get a lot of long tailed tits, and that is the only nest of that type we have found in the garden. They usually spend a lot of time on the feeders.
I've watched them in the early spring, creeping up and down the trunks of the ash trees, and also on the walls of our house, finding tiny spiders' webs in the crevices and crannies and especally under the windowsills, to weave into their collection of lichens and mosses before they stuff the nest with feathers - it's such a remarkable nest
I love it when the young are fledging. i often see up to 10 sitting next to each other on a branch of an apple tree in our orchard chattering away waiting to fly off. At this time of year we often have "marauding gangs" of them flying around the garden. Sometimes there are over 20 and when they all try and get to the same feeder it is very entertaining.
We have a tit gang that all turn up together. Blue tits, coal tits, great tits and long tailed tits, all seem to fly around as a group. Unlike the greenfinches , who argue with any other bird in the vicinity of the feeders, and are being picked off one by one, by the sparrowhawk,
Oooh I am rubbing my hands on my thighs [ a la Chris Packham. ] I do love a Sparrowhawk as they swoop in at speed and pounce. I like it even better when it is one of the several dozen Wood pigeons that eat everything in my garden.
You should see our local pair of peregrines pick the woodpigeons off the ridge of our roof !
OH was really impressed when a sparrowhawk swooped past him, just missing his ear.
I was watching a sparrow hawk before that was sat a few gardens away on a building. After watching for a while a Wood Pigeon swooped down and scared it off then seemed to chase it.
You will find that most birds will chase the sparrow hawk better to chase rather than be chased.