Wednesday 7 December 2016

Meet 'Starling Moss' - the bird with a love of fast cars

Paddy Clancy

Published 11/05/2015 | 10:18

Alan Gale's car where starlings have built a nest in Lucan, Dublin
Alan Gale's car where starlings have built a nest in Lucan, Dublin
Alan Gale's car where starling's have built a nest in Lucan, Dublin
Charli Gale at her dad Alan Gale's car where starling's have built a nest in Lucan, Dublin

THIS little bird has hatched the perfect plan to keep her chicks warm.

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Construction company owner Alan Gale, from Lucan, was shocked when he discovered a starling building a nest in the front grill of his Dodge Ram jeep.

Alan (46) never uses the jeep at weekends so the birds happily kept building with twigs and moss.

"One week on we have three eggs and a bird that loves to go on drives," Alan said,

The nest has remained firmly in place with the bird sitting on her eggs while Alan drives around Dublin to his work and during school runs.

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Alan Gale's car where starling's have built a nest in Lucan, Dublin
 

He said when the jeep moves the nest is warmed by the radiator and it is so well positioned in the sturdy grill that there is no fear of it breaking up.

Birdwatch Ireland Development officer Niall Hatch said starlings nest in holes and cavities but often also build in nooks in houses or unused vehicles.

"It's interesting how tolerant the female seems to be when the car is moving," he said.

But Alan, whose daughter Charli (10) keeps a close watch on the nest, faces a dilemma when the eggs hatch as he can't drive to work or do school runs if he wants the chicks to survive.

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