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At the school I first attended, there was an enormous privet hedge with several big gaps in it, presumably where the branches hadn't been able to grow or where the hedge had been damaged by a football.

At the age of about five or six, I discovered one of these gaps. Sticking my head inside, I saw little piles of grass (cuttings that had fallen off the lawnmower?), lots of twigs, and some vaguely cup-shaped leaves filled with rainwater.

My conclusion?

IT WAS A HOTEL FOR BIRDS.

It all seemed very simple. The leaf "cups" were for the birds to drink from. The twigs and grass were their "beds" (nests), but they'd got horribly messed up, which was why there weren't any birds staying there now.

I spent the next couple of months tidying up the "hotel", making neat little nests to lodge amongst the branches. When the birds still didn't come, I wasn't discouraged-- I figured they'd go to hotels when everyone else did, that is, in the school holidays!

silverstar1809
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I used to believe there was a bird called a 'bird' that looked exactly like a crow and only adults could tell the difference.

Anon
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When i was about 4 i used to think the birds of pray were called that because they preyed before they ate!

Alien 5247
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i always thought swallows were dirty because they live in mud nests.so whenever i saw a swallow i said
''take a bath!''

peter,california
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I used to believe that larks were very large birds, because, whenever I heard of someone doing something "on a lark", I thought it meant they actually rode on larks to do something, so larks must have been large enough for someone to ride.

Renee
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I used to believe that ducks grew up to be swans. I think this has to do with the fact that there is a pond near-by with ducks and swans on it. And also the tale of the "Ugly Duckling" where the duckling did actually become a swan.

Rob
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I used to beleive that birds were animals with high intelligence and that they'll rule the world and wipe out man kind as we know it!!!!!.........they didnt

birds are unintelligent
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When I was a kid I used to think that woodpeckers were actually eating the wood when they were pecking it.

Amy
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When I was small, I didn't know that ducks paddled their feet to swim. I thought they ran into the water and the momentun carried them across the the lake or pond. I always wandered what would happen if they ran out of momentum and got stuck in the middle of the water.

Anon
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since where i lived, there were a lot of little sparrows and pigeons, i used to think that the sparrows were pigeon babies.

Alissa
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I thought when Grandma's hens were cackling, they were giggling about some private joke in the henhouse.

Not a farm kid
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haha! there was a time when i was younger when i turned around to my mum and said: "if there is a brown bird, does it mean they are from pakistan?" my mum told me when i was older and i feel so ashamed...

g e e !!
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When my granddaughter was in my truck with me, I pointed out a Roadrunner to her. She said, "Hurry! Roll the window down! I want to hear him say beep beep!"

Texas granny
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When I was little, I believed that the chicks were still alive in the eggs you bought at the grocery store. I recently learned what an incubator was and how it works, so I thought that maybe the microwave would work as one, so I put an egg inside a bowl and started the microwave. I waited for my chick to appear until.....POP!! the egg exploded...

jamie
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There is a room in the museum here full of stuffed birds and drawers containing eggs, nests, droppings, etc. I had a nightmare after visiting the museum that the drawer full of worms and the one full of nests was the same, and birds' nests were actually made of worms. I was thereafter afraid of touching nests for fear that the worms would be agitated and wiggle away, leaving the birds homeless.

Anon
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For my 8th birthday I had my heart set on getting a budgie. My mum and me went to work on a list of things that the bird would need. I was quite perplexed though as to why the bird would need a " cuddle fish ". It took me a while to realise I had mis-heard cuttle fish for beak sharpening. I did, however have to most adorable picture of my little bird going to sleep every night snuggled up to his pet fish.

Teresa
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at the age of seventeen my sister thought another name for a pigeon hole was a birds nest.

Sophie
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when i was little, my dad was driving me somewhere. along the way, i noticed alot of birds were jumping out infront of our car and flying away. I asked my dad why birds did this, and his response was that it was a game that all birds play, sort of like the game 'chicken'. if the bird made it across the street, it won. if it got hit, the bird lost the game, and died. i'm 19 now, and i still don;'t really know why birds fly infront of cars, but whenever they do, I always congradulate them.

Heather
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I used to believe that sprinkling pepper on a bird's tail would somehow make it passive and it'd belong to you...which stemmed from my misinterpretation of my father's comment that if you could get close enough to a bird to put pepper on its tail, you might as well catch it!

Kirryn
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when I was little I believed that I could hatch an egg u get from the grocery. I used to put an egg on the sofa and sit on it to hatch it

Anon
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