Is this a Firecrest nest that I saw while visiting the south of France?
QLast September, I saw a Firecrest when I visited my sister in the south of France. She has just found a small bird’s nest at exactly the same place. Could this be a Firecrest nest? Liz Thompson
AWe don’t have a great deal of experience of Firecrest nests, but they (and Goldcrest nests for that matter) are typically almost spherical, with a small entrance hole near the top, so this doesn’t really look right for one. They’re also usually found in conifers, suspended near the ends of branches, and interestingly, Firecrests often nest near to Goshawks, as the large raptors are unlikely to prey on them, but do deter other predators such as Sparrowhawks. We’d be interested to hear any opinions on what species this nest belongs to – any ideas, readers?