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Bird-knit nest


One of our neighbours found this in amongst their bamboo. It’s about 6 inches from top to bottom, feels about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and really very light, as though it had been knitted. Apparently a Long-tailed Tit’s nest, made with spiders’ webs, moss, lichen and feathers. A beautiful piece of work.

Long-tailed tit nest

Long-tailed tit nest


Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

4 thoughts on “Bird-knit nest

  1. I`ve seen long tailed tits but I didn`t know they built a nest like this. Beautiful.

    • They’re just about my favourite birds – all round and cuddly – full-grown ones look like baby chicks, so goodness knows what the baby ones in that lovely nest look like. Scrawny and ugly, probably!

  2. Is this not wondrous? What is it that allows the nesting bird to sense and optimise on the use of disparate materials available as it builds? Could it be that there is a different kind of consciousness that is at work here allowing the nest builder to connect with other living beings like the spider weaving a web?


    • I’m not sure whether the spiders approve of their webs being used – but maybe the birds only take old webs for recycling – I do rather like that idea! Apparently it takes the birds up to 30 days to build the nests, and they may have collected as many as 3000 pieces of lichen (as water-proofing) just for one nest. Staggering.

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