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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Great tit makes home in ashtray
Great tit flying from an ashtray in Birmingham
The ashtray is now off-limits to smokers
A great tit has made its home in an ashtray outside a tool-making company in Birmingham.

Smokers at Guhring in Castle Bromwich found the bird, which has five eggs, nestling among the cigarette ends.

The box, which hangs on a wall outside the firm, is now off-limits until the great tit leaves.

Managing director Mike Dinsdale said: "It's pure luck (the smokers) didn't set fire to the nest in there with all that bedding."

Mr Dinsdale continued: "It's unbelievable really, when you think of all the places it could have nested.

"The holes for butts on the box are the same size as on a bird box so I suppose it seemed the natural place to nest."

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