‘Stub’born blue tit risks scrambled eggs by nesting in a cigarette bin!

Blue Tit nesting in a cigarette bin at Swingbridge Road Doctor's Surgery.
Blue Tit nesting in a cigarette bin at Swingbridge Road Doctor's Surgery.
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CAREFUL where you put your cigarette ends - you could be disturbing a family of blue tits!

Our incredible photo taken this week shows a blue tit mother nesting with her new-born chicks in a cigarette stub bin, outside Swingbridge Road doctors’ surgery in Grantham.

June Smith got in touch after she was walking past the cigarette bin and was startled to see a blue tit fly out. After peering inside she saw the mother with her newly hatched chicks.

Rachel Palin, a receptionist at the surgery, said: “A patient spotted it first and said “I think you’ve got eggs in there”.

“We got in touch with the RSPB and they said they have had lots of calls about birds nesting in ash trays this year. She said the birds will probably come back every year now.”

The RSPB have also told staff at the doctors’ surgery not to touch the nest. The organisation says it will be around two weeks before the chicks can leave their makeshift nest.

Rachel said: “It’s very cute. We’re trying to do everything we can to stop people from using it by mistake.

“But obviously we can’t block all of the holes or else the mother wont be able to get out to get food for the chicks.”

The eggs were spotted by staff on Friday and are believed to have hatched over the weekend.

Unfortunately, one egg fell from the nest but there are two or three surviving chicks.