Blue tit nest on dead redwing

In 1870 Mr Cumming found this dried body of a redwing. It was in the hollow of an apple tree in an orchard in the Exwick area of Exeter. A blue tit made a nest inside the remains and laid nine eggs inside. Sadly, Mr Cumming was so intrigued by this unusual nest, he disturbed the sitting mother and removed it. Collecting bird eggs and nests was a popular Victorian pastime. Today any disturbance of nesting wild British birds, or collecting their eggs, is illegal.

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Northern Europe
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Cumming, Mr Robert
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blue tit nest on dead redwing
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bird; nest and eggs
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PARIDAE: Cyanistes caeruleus (Linnaeus): blue tit nest on dead redwing