Spring has truly sprung in the UK and blossom buds are bursting, birds are singing their morning melodies of the dawn chorus and flitting and from their nesting sites in search of materials.
Despite everything that’s going in the world at the moment, nature is still open for business and carrying on doing its thing as nesting season is upon us.
A robin was spotted nesting on garden furniture, another pair nested inside a pair of trousers, great tits found a place to rear their young in a ashtray and another robin was spotted using a wheelie bin for a nest.
Watching wildlife during social distancing and self-isolation; whether from a window, rooftop, balcony or even online can offer many of us hope, joy and a welcome distraction. And it seems that the birds have found some unconventional and strange places to take up residence as reported to the UK’s largest wildlife charity, the RSPB.
Other weird and wonderful spots that the birds have decided to use to rear their young and reported this season include:
Scientists have found that birds can improve their nest making skills with time, meaning the older and wiser birds are more likely to have an innovative nest. Savvy nest building skills are a must, as birds are having to learn to adapt as nature is being squeezed into smaller spaces.