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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 13-07-2021, 22:55 Thread Starter
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Birds nests danger!


If I manage to attach a picture it shows what I found under the bonnet of my "Pilote" after only three weeks in local storage. It's a Blackbird's nest but unfortunately I was at home a mile down the road before I did the under bonnet checks for oil etc so the chicks did not survive. Whilst a sad story it could have been disastrous it it had been closer to the exhaust manifold and I had had to travel a few more miles. Do insurers cover for not having checked for inflammable materials under the bonnet??

When I was a working person, we used to regularly get car fires on the motorway in the winter where well meaning husbands had put blankets over the engine to keep things warm but forgot to tell their wives before they left in the morning. I can recall a number of burnt out cars but luckily no injuries.

The purpose of this is to put out words of caution to those who store their vehicles or indeed anyone to check under the bonnet in springtime before driving off. It could save you a ruined day/week/year.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 14-07-2021, 23:18
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Aw, poor wee things! How many chicks were there? The poor mother will be having a nervous breakdown trying to find her nest.

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We had a wagtail nest in the engine compartment of our ambulance, we did not use it until they had fledged. Fortunately we were able to borrow a “reserve” vehicle and use that. We did not test the audible warning devices either, just kept the batteries topped up.

The birds were very tame and used to having people around as this was outside my lab in the school where I taught and ran a St John Ambulance unit.

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