7 JUNE 1913, Page 17


[To Tex EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The curious incident noticed by your correspondent, Mr. Seller, in your issue of May 24th, recalled to my mind a like occurrence, perhaps the result of a similar intrusion. One afternoon in the spring of 1907, when at tea with a friend in my study in Highgate, I beard the loud scream of a young bird, and on looking out I saw distinctly a blackbird feeding .a young thrush on the branch of a shrub just outside my window. I saw the feeding process three times repeated, . and called my friend to witness, but a move on his part frightened the birds away. It occurred to me that the blackbird had reared the young thrush from an egg perhaps similarly left in her nest. A young naturalist told me at the time that he himself had seen a blackbird and a thrush seated

together on the same nest.—I am, Sir, &c., E. G. SEALE.