Home sweet cone

IT'S that time of year when our feathered friends turn up in the strangest places to make their nests.In the past week we've had doves nesting on CCTV cameras in Bury St Edmunds and a coast-loving oystercatcher setting up home above an Ipswich MOT centre.

IT'S that time of year when our feathered friends turn up in the strangest places to make their nests.

In the past week we've had doves nesting on CCTV cameras in Bury St Edmunds and a coast-loving oystercatcher setting up home above an Ipswich MOT centre.

But today's offering tops the lot… a family of great tits living in a road traffic cone!

These photographs were snapped by photographer Mike Page, 68, after he spotted the great tits coming out of the cone on Seething airfield in Norfolk.


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Sadly, the five chicks hatched by the birds were not able to enter or exit the cone and were found dead inside by Mr Page, of Strumpshaw.

Mr Page said: “The cone is on a broken manhole cover on the airfield 15 or 20 yards from anything. Everything was going fine and we saw the parents bringing food to the nest, but then we didn't see any activity for a couple of days and wondered what had happened.

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“The young had died; I think it was because they couldn't get out as there was nothing to grip onto inside the cone. The adults had to go into vertical flight to get into it. It seemed like a ridiculous place to build a nest, it's a shame the young didn't make it.”

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