In the spring of either 2012 or 2013, a pair of Mistle Thrushes Turdus viscivorus built a nest c. 10 m high in an Oak Quercus robur tree in my suburban garden in Earley, Berkshire. The nest seemed both precarious and exposed, built on a dividing point of a horizontal branch c. 15 cm in diameter and c. 2 m from the main trunk. The birds defended the nest with vigour. One da

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