A BLACKBIRD has left care workers in a flap after making its nest in a council van.
Care Services staff at Durham County Council’s Easington site found the bird in the engine compartment of one of their vehicles after the van had been left standing over the weekend.
Mobile warden Gillian Lowery discovered the nest when she checked the vehicle’s oil and water.
She said: “The area is normally quite busy so we were quite surprised that the bird chose to make its nest in the van. We don’t think we’ve disturbed the nest as we see the blackbird returning often to the vehicle and reaching the nest through the wheel arch.”
As nesting birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, the nest cannot now be removed until the eggs hatch – which should be in the next three to four weeks.
Durham County Council Care Services provides round-the-clock care to elderly and vulnerable people living in east Durham.
The service has four vehicles and now has loan of a replacement van until the birds have fledged.