'Amazing' video of blue tits' nest in drain

I came across this wonderful video today, showing a pair of Blue tits that had nested in a drain in St Neots.

It reminded me of a spot (where I often walk my dogs on the way into work at the SBS offices) where I noticed some Blue tits nesting last year.  This is a security light on the driveway into a community centre; complete with swings and climbing frames only a few feet away. 

Blue tit light post nesting site Palgrave

It is essentially a hollow metal post and the parents seemed to think this was a great (and very safe) place to nest.  Being metal and in the full sun nearly all day I was sure that the eggs must have boiled and nothing would come of their efforts.

But I was wrong and I happened to be nearby one day when the brood fledged!  Sadly I didn't have a camera with me on that occasion so I just waited nearby to enjoy the spectacle.  My dogs similarly fascinated by the scrabbling noises of the babies making their way up to the holes at the top - then launching themselves towards mum & dad who were in a nearby tree, calling them to flight.

Nature is an endless wonder; especially those hardy souls who take whatever they can find and make the best of it.

Have a wonderful Easter and don't forget to keep your eyes and ears open for the wonder of our flora and fauna in all of its wonderful guises (and surprises!)


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