A blackbird's nest which kept Christmas in a Northumberland town alive well past the festive period has been destroyed.
Cramlington Town Council’s festive spirit hit the headlines after they were told they could not remove their Christmas tree because a blackbird was nesting within the branches.
But tragedy struck the tree squatters this week when predatory birds attacked the nest. And, sadly, it was noticed the nest was lying empty metres from the tree and the blackbird was nowhere to be seen.
It is believed that a crow attacked the nest, destroying the three eggs reported to be inside.
“The blackbird’s nest which was situated in the tree was found by the crows sometime last week and unfortunately the eggs are gone.”
Last month, residents hit out at the fact the Christmas tree was still up outside the town council offices at the Concordia Leisure Centre in the Northumberland town, despite it being past the 12 days of Christmas.
Officials were forced to admit they had been left stumped after a blackbird decided to nest in the tree, meaning by law they could not do anything to disturb it.
The town council consulted the RSPB and had to tell irritated residents there was nothing they could do about the tree. They were told they could be waiting three weeks until the birds had hatched and flown the nest.
However, nature has intervened and the tree, with its lights being earlier taken down, was removed this week.
Mr Harvey added: “The nest was at the bottom of the tree, one of the residents spotted it. It was very unfortunate, we think a crow or a magpie has got to it.
“Unfortunately there’s nothing we could do it prevent it. It just means the Christmas tree is coming down earlier than once thought.
“We just want everyone to know that is the reason, we did not take the tree down while the blackbird and its nest were in there.”