One of Westover Nissan's vehicle technicians, Jon Brooks, has found a nest of three pied wagtails behind the bumper of a car visiting the dealership for a routine service.
Jon was about to start an oil change on the Nissan Pixo when he heard chirping. Thinking it was birds in the workshop he carried on, but then kept hearing the chirping and realised it was too near to be anywhere but in the car!
Looking behind the bumper, Mr Brooks and his colleagues saw the nest which was balancing on part of the car’s under tray. He carefully lowered the tray and scooped the nest onto cardboard before transferring it (plus its contents) into a box. Mr Brooks then asked one of the front-of-house team to call the RSPCA and inspector Graham Hammond came out to collect the tiny birds.
Inspector Hammond identified the birds as grey pied wagtails. They were very young nestlings, but had some feathers and were seemingly unscathed, despite having travelled under the car for about five miles to Westover Nissan on Wallisdown Road.
The birds were taken to a nearby wildlife rescue organisation where they were fed with waxworms initially. They will be fed a rehydrating mix to give them as much strength to survive without their parents as possible.
Mr Brooks said: “When I heard the chirping I thought it must be pigeons inside the workshop but then realised it was coming from much closer to us. We couldn’t believe it when we saw the nest under the car - it was a first for us!
“The car had low mileage so it may have been stationary for some time whilst the birds built their nest and no one was even aware they were in there.”
Inspector Hammond added: “We’re very grateful to Mr Brooks and all the staff at the Westover Nissan for acting so quickly and carefully to protect these tiny birds.
“Thanks to them they have been given the best chance of surviving but you do have to feel a little sorry for the parent birds who would have come back to find not only their nest, but the whole car gone!” The Westover Nissan team operates a C-It-Now system in its workshops, which allows technicians to video any faults or areas of concern they identify. The team email the video footage to customers so they can follow the progress of their car whilst it's being worked upon. This means that the vehicle owner can see any worn parts while they are still in situ, therefore bringing complete piece of mind. Jon was therefore able to record the birds in their unusual nest!