Page last updated at 10:43 GMT, Thursday, 29 May 2008 11:43 UK

Chicks hatched on fairground ride

Song thrush chicks
The parents feed the chicks when the ride stops

Three song thrush chicks have hatched in a nest in Nottinghamshire - on top of a funfair carousel.

The chicks, thought to have hatched about 10 days ago, were spotted by staff at Wheelgate Park in Mansfield.

The adult birds moved in four weeks ago and built a nest high up in the structure of the carousel. They fly in to feed the chicks when the ride stops.

The song thrush is a garden songbird whose numbers have declined so much it is on the RSPB's warning red list.

Ken Foster, team leader at Wheelgate Park, said: "The chicks are doing fine and both parents are flying in to feed them when the ride stops and customers get on and off. We make sure we allow plenty of time.

"However, the chicks seem very happy having a bite to eat while twirling around on the carousel, they obviously don't suffer from motion sickness!"

The bird gets its name from its habit of repeating song phrases, distinguishing it from singing blackbirds.


SEE ALSO

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific