Recently my blogging friend Fly in the Web, of French Leave and Costa Rica Calling, sent me a lovely video clip of a robin which had set up its nest in a garden hanging basket.
After watching this super little video it occurred to me that people might also enjoy the story told in the photographs below. Four years ago, in the middle of May, we took our trusty little campervan into our local market town for its annual MOT test (the compulsory British test of roadworthiness) only to get a bemused phone call from the garage soon after we arrived home. They had opened up the engine compartment to find a bird’s nest, complete with eggs, on top of the carburettor!
They promised to complete the test without disturbing the nest and later that day we collected the van and drove it home very gently indeed. Amazingly, not only were the eggs undamaged by the heat and vibration of the engine, but the mother blackbird went back to her nest as soon as we got back and eventually hatched all her eggs.
Over the next few weeks DH and I carefully peeped in from time to time to watch over the nest and the rapid progress of its precious contents. Obviously we couldn't use the van again until all the baby birds had grown up and left the nest and in fact it was touch and go as to whether they would leave in time for our scheduled trip to
. From memory the last of the fledglings finally made his entrance into the wider world little more than a week before we were due to travel. France
Every spring since then we have been very careful to check that no other enterprising birds have decided to set up home in this particular desirable neighbourhood. J
|MOT Nest or The Patient Mother May 14th|
|Very small but growing fast May 29th|
|Let's look at the world June 1st|
|Where's Mum? June 3rd|
|A nice cuddle June 4th|
|The last to leave June 8th|
|All Gone or The Empty Nest June 9th|
STOP PRESS! Apologies to my earlier visitors. The video I put in wasn't in fact the one Fly sent me. I inadvertently clicked on the wrong one in the YouTube list. Silly me! I have now added the correct one, so if you have popped back, you may like to watch again.
If you want to see the photos enlarged, double-click on them and they will open in what Google calls a light-box, which really enhances the colour and detail.