Up until lunchtime the title for this post was going to be 1st eggs until I found this in the local woods this afternoon. It's a Blackbird chick with an unhatched egg
The nest (pictured below) was found in ivy against a wall
Here we see one that got away. This Song Thrush nest was found in ivy on a holly tree. Use of a mirror on a stick allowed frustrating views of crushed eggshell inside.
hatched eggshell underneath
The nest was quite easy to see. Unfortunately I found it too late
An overview of the nest site
A Blackbird nest in gorse
4 Song Thrush eggs in gorse - note the mud that's used to line the nest. It's moulded by the females breast.
A mirror on a stick (again) showing 4 Carrion Crow eggs
The mirror on a stick was quite easy to make. The handle is a telescopic landing net handle from Argos and a pair of motor cycle mirrors were purchased on Ebay. Total cost - £18