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PHOTO: Ceramic pig head becomes new home for birds

A family of blue tits have made their nest in an unusual spot – inside the nose of a ceramic pig’s head.

birds, tits, ceramic pig, wild, blue tits, snout, nest, home A family of blue tits have made their nest in an unusual spot - inside the nose of a ceramic pig's head. Credit: Andrew Dowden/Solent News

A family of blue tits have made their nest in an unusual spot – inside the nose of a ceramic pig’s head.Married couple Andrew and Lisa Dowden, from Isle of Wight, England, have had the pig’s head in their garden for over seven years and it was never intended as a nesting site.

Married couple Andrew and Lisa Dowden, from Isle of Wight, England, have had the pig’s head in their garden for over seven years and it was never intended as a nesting site.

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A pair a blue tits moved in temporarily inside its nose to feed their nestlings.Although Andrew, 60, admits the pig’s head looks quite “severe”, the small birds happily fly about its ears and nose.

He and wife Lisa, 50, who took the photos, spotted them in their garden in Sandown, Isle of Wight.

Owner’s viewpoint


“The parents were taking food inside for the nestlings and of the images shows an insect in a bird’s beak. They sometimes landed on the pig’s ears before flying into the nostrils with insects for the nestlings,” says Dowden.

Wife's viewpoint


“My husband thinks the pig’s head looks rather severe, but it didn’t seem to detract the birds from nesting inside. It is very entertaining and interesting – seeing the fledglings appear at the nostrils to fly out made us smile,” says Lisa
 
 
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