A rare bird has hatched out in a hanging basket next to a front door near Exeter.
Claire Willacy noticed a pair of spotted flycatchers nesting among the geraniums outside her four-bedroom semi in Broadclyst.
And the bird family is now involved in a pioneering project using the latest technology which is trying to solve the mystery of why the numbers of the summer visitors have dramatically fallen in recent years.
A week ago two of the three original eggs hatched. One of the babies died but the survivor, which started life the size of a thumbnail, is growing fast.
Yesterday a researcher from the bird charity the RSPB fitted on of the adults bird with a data logger, so they could gather information about where it ends up.
This is the first year of the Spotted Flycatcher Tracking Project, jointly funded by the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology and Devon Birds.
Spotted flycatchers are on a red list of endangered species, with figures showing a huge decline in numbers in recent years, with numbers dropping by half in the last 25 years.
The birds are summer visitors to the UK where they breed, then start heading south from August to spend the winter in Africa, some flying as far as the south of the continent.
They eat flying insects, mainly flies, wasps and bees.
Mrs Willacy, who has named the baby bird Hope, said it was the first time she had noticed the species in the area.
She said: “As soon as we we walk up the mother flies off onto a telegraph wire, and waits for us to go in the house before returning to the nest.
“We started off with three eggs, but that went down to two. The eggs hatched, but one of the babies disappeared, so we are left with one, which is now nearly a week old.
“It is growing so much and is filling out the nest.”
The tiny data logger is fitted on the birds like a backpack and has a light sensor to record information about the length of the day.
The information will help researchers identify the birds’ flightpath south and exactly where they spend the winter. They will then try to find out what might be causing the decline in bird numbers.
The project aims to collect the data when the birds return to the UK next year, as they usually return to the same site to nest.
Researcher Emma Inzani, 24, an Exeter University student based in Cornwall, is working on the project for three months.
She said: “Once we have the information, we will take a look at the areas the birds are reaching, and find out if there is anything changing that could impact that could impact the birds, for example weather changing due to global warming.
“We have got to find out where they are going.”
It is only now that technology has advanced to create a device small enough to be fitted to the bird without impairing its flight or feeding.
The birds prefer to nest on the edge of woodland or around villages with trees to roost in but with open areas where they can catch the flying insects they feed on.