Birds build nest, hatch young in grille of truck

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Nancy Worley of Reeves Road, Hartselle, is being denied the full use of her 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck thanks to a pair of homesteading wrens who have taken up residence in its grille.

Worley discovered the bird’s nest and their three hungry babies recently after noticing the birds flying in and out of the truck’s grille while it was parked in her carport. She was amazed at how they were able to build their nest in the engine compartment and hatch their young without her being aware of what was happening.

“It doesn’t seem possible for a female bird to sit on her eggs in a nest that moved every time I cranked the truck and made a trip,” she stated. “Now, she has the extra burden of feeding her young while their nest is parked in the carport.”

Seeking a way to safely remove the  nest and the baby birds, she took the truck to Terry Miller of Miller’s Detailing. Miller removed the radiator cover in the hope of being able to reach the nest from above. He also checked out the possibility of removing the truck’s grille. There was no easy answer.

Not to be outdone, Worley called the Lynn Layton service department in Decatur for a mechanic’s advice. The answer that came back was to use a pair of forceps to reach through the small openings in the grill to remove the bird’s nest.

Worley rejected that approach and opted to give the birds some extra time to complete their nesting cycle.

“I don’t want to harm the birds if I can help it,” she pointed out.  “The babies already have feathers and should be old enough the leave the nest soon.”

“In the meantime, I’ll limit my driving,” she added. “I have a friend who’ll give me a ride to church on Sunday.”

 

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