A fairy mite is
the Long-tailed Tit and it builds a fairy nest. This consists of a ball
of moss, spider silk and grey lichens, lined with a quantity of soft feathers.
Herein are laid a dozen or more tiny eggs, so small and so fragile it seems almost
impossible that chicks will emerge from them ; but they do, and soon the cradle
is full of eager babies. How they all lie within and get fed in turn is a mystery of
which only the parent birds know the solution.