27 JUNE 1896, Page 33


Sra,—Your readers may be interested in the following story of bird-life. A pair of blackbirds had built a nest on an ivy- clad wall in my garden, and hearing them make a great

commotion, I went to see what it was all about. I found that a naughty cat was sitting on the wall near the nest, and she refused for some time to be driven away. I afterwards, noticed that Mr. and Mrs. Blackbird had taken the hint and forsaken the nest. A short time after a blackbird flew out of some ivy in another part of the garden, one hundred yards, from the original nest, and looking in I found a thrush's nest containing three thrushes' and five blackbirds' eggs. I con- cluded that the blackbirds, being hard up for a nest, had appropriated one belonging to a thrush, and now, about ft week after, I have found a thrush's neat (also in some ivy about ten yards from where the blackbird is sitting) contain- ing two eggs only. Evidently the thrushes, being suddenly evicted, have hastily prepared another nest and laid their two remaining eggs. I intend to watch the further progress of these two households. Has any one known a similar instance P —I am, Sir, SIO.,