Is this a Firecrest nest that I saw while vis­it­ing the south of France?

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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?

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