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An Unusual Nesting Box

Many of our most treasured species are struggling and so it is important that we all do everything that we can to help our wild birds to prosper. This includes the provision of food, water and nesting boxes in our gardens. The best bird houses are simple, wooden structures rather than ornate styles or plastic bird houses. However, birds are resourceful creatures and can find all sorts of places around our homes to build their nests.

A family in Wereham, Norfolk, have recently discovered that robins are living in their garage and have chosen and unusual yet ingenious location for their nest.

Robins Choose Surprising Bird House

Lisa Webb was aware that there were robins in her garage as she had seen the birds flying in and out. But she had not realised that they had built a nest in there until a month ago. She went into the garage to see a robin emerging from her partner’s crash helmet! As she was up a ladder at the time she was able to look down on the helmet and could see the nesting material.

Baby Robins

Last week, four baby robins hatched from their shells and have been merrily chirping away ever since. Lisa has said that the birds still catch her off guard when she visits her garage. The birds often make her jump as they fly from the nest. Lisa’s children have been delighted by the discovery and have been to the garage to see the baby birds. Her nephews keep canaries and so were also excited to view the resident robins.

Bird Feeders for the Robins

The family has now put out bird feeders holding nuts, raisins and suet fat balls to ensure that their avian guests eat well and prosper. They correctly chose not to disturb the robins. The babies will remain in the helmet until they fledge. The RSPB is aware of the story and has said that Ms Webb has acted correctly. It is illegal to intentionally destroy, damage or move an active nest. Once the babies have fledged it is OK to dispose of the nesting materials.

Not Such Good News for the Helmet

But what of the motocross helmet? The RSPB say that it is rare for birds to choose to build their nest in a crash helmet. Unfortunately, this particular helmet is now ruined! The birds have pecked at it and destroyed the lining but Ms Webb reports that her partner didn’t use the helmet very often anyway. He certainly won’t be using it again!

A crash helmet is an unusual choice for a nesting box but the robins have shown great ingenuity. Where have you found wild birds nesting around your home?


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