Mum makes adorable discovery while cutting family’s overgrown Leylandii tree
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When mum Tracey Burns grabbed her sheers and set about cutting back the huge Leylandii tree in her garden she had no idea what she was about to discover hiding inside.
The 50-year-old, from Manchester, wanted to give the huge bush a trim to keep her garden looking lovely during lockdown.
But she couldn’t believe her eyes when she discovered a nest of baby blackbirds nestled inside her giant green hedge.
The doubly good news for Tracey is that her find has earned her family a £250 Very.co.uk spending spree, as part of the ‘memorable imperfect moment’ video competition from Very and us at The Express.
The competition coincides with the launch of the new Very Big Family Survey, conducted by the Daily Mirror and Very.co.uk. The fascinating results include the impact of the lockdown on teenagers and the amount of reading youngsters are enjoying.
Tracey lives in Denton with husband Ian, 57, daughters Emma, 20, and Sophie, along with 15-year-old-son Liam.
Recounting her incredible find, she told us: “Their eyes were still closed and we found it funny how they would open their beaks wide when we approached, expecting food.
“It was a really beautiful moment seeing nature like this and it became part of our daily routine to check on the chicks and make sure they were doing ok and watching out for predators (being very careful not to spook the mum).
“My daughter and I took videos and pictures, over time, to chart their progress, as this was such a privilege to be able to see. We also made sure their was a plentiful supply of bird food for them, and our bird table was always well stocked! The male and female blackbirds are still regularly seen in our garden, so maybe we’ve gained their trust – or gained a blackbird Mitchelin star!”
Congratulations to Sophie for becoming our second winner of a £250 spending spree at Very.co.uk. Two more winning videos will be unveiled in the coming days so keep checking back on the site!
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