Bumper’s for the birds: PEI man parks truck until nestlings fly

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By Journal Pioneer staff

TIGNISH, PEI – Benny Bernard can drive his truck again.

Baby swallows at home the rear bumper of Benny Bernard’s pick-up truck. He figures swallows made the nest there while he and his wife Mary were away for 10 days in May. Journal Pioneer photo
Baby swallows at home the rear bumper of Benny Bernard’s pick-up truck. He figures swallows made the nest there while he and his wife Mary were away for 10 days in May. Journal Pioneer photo
Bernard took his vehicle home and parked it Friday after a mechanic advised him there was a nest, with baby birds in it, inside his rear bumper.

The truck had been parked from May 11 to May 21 while Benny and Mary Bernard were out-of-province.

But the Harper Road resident said he had been taking the truck on short trips practically every day since returning from their trip.

That is, until Friday.

He drove the truck to Brian Gavin’s for some brake work Friday morning. “When I got there (to pick it up), Brian said, ‘We’re not making any noise.’ I said, ‘Why?’ Well, he said, ‘There’s some birds in the bumper of your truck.”

It was only after taking the truck home and parking it on Friday that Bernard took note of swallows flying in under the rear bumper. And that’s after the truck being away from 7:30. a.m. until 3 p.m. that day. On previous days, he said, the truck would be gone for, maybe, an hour at a time.

So, after being alerted to the family in his bumper, Bernard said he decided to park the truck until the babies were big enough to fly. He didn’t have to wait much longer as they departed the nest Monday.

Just to be sure, Bernard said he might leave the truck parked another day or so to see whether the family would return.

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