Tuesday 27 June 2017

Traffic cone triumph for great tits

Great tits at Holt Hall in Norfolk made their nest in a traffic cone
Great tits at Holt Hall in Norfolk made their nest in a traffic cone

There is no place like cone for this fluffy bunch.

A pair of great tits and their new family have nested in a traffic cone in the grounds of Holt Hall, Norfolk.

Chris Blake, head gardener at the field studies centre, said: "I went to move the cone before cutting the grass and when I lifted it up there were nine eggs in a nest.

"I went back a couple of weeks later and all of the eggs had hatched.

"I've known tits to nest in walls and other places you wouldn't expect before but this is certainly the most unusual nest I have found."

He added: "The parents have been going in and out and one of them was up in the tree making a noise when I moved the cone.

"We kept quiet about it because if we put up a sign everybody would have been nosing in."

The cone was by the main driveway into the hall but the tits do not seem to have been disturbed by the traffic.

The birds have now flown the nest.

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