Three pied wagtail fledglings have had a lucky escape, after being rescued from a car bumper by the RSPCA in Bournemouth.
Car technician Jon Brooks was about to start an oil change on the car, which had been booked in for a service, when he heard chirping and decided to investigate.
To his surprise he found a nest, with three young birds inside, behind the bumper, balancing on part of the car’s under-tray. He carefully transferred the nest into a box, before calling in the RSPCA.
It proved a lucky chirp for the young nestlings, who were seemingly unscathed despite having travelled under the car for about five miles to the garage!
“We’re very grateful to Mr Brooks and all the staff at the dealership for acting so quickly and carefully to protect these tiny birds," said RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond.
"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!
“Of course we would usually ask anyone finding fledglings to leave them alone as their parents will return to them, but in this case it would have been impossible to find the exact area that they came from so they will be given the best of care and released when they are ready.”