Birds nest­ing in traf­fic light al­lowed to stay

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - CHRIS MOR­RIS chris.mor­ris@odt.co.nz

A FAM­ILY of birds nest­ing in a Dunedin traf­fic light will not be forced to fly the coop.

The Dunedin City Coun­cil dis­patched trans­porta­tion staff to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion yes­ter­day, af­ter the Otago Daily Times pho­tographed a pair of black­birds car­ing for their chicks in­side a red light cowl­ing.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Bidrose said there were no safety con­cerns ‘‘at the mo­ment’’, so the birds would be al­lowed to stay for now.

‘‘We don’t want this young fam­ily to fly the nest too soon as they seem happy where they are.

‘‘Like any good land­lord, we’ll do reg­u­lar in­spec­tions to make sure they’re not caus­ing

any prob­lems,’’ she said.

PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

Flash pad . . . Two black­birds care for their chicks in their nest in­side a traf­fic light cowl­ing in Dunedin.

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