Technician saves the day for chicks trapped in tower

Adrian Scotcher holding one of the blue tit chicks he managed to save. ANL-151206-145321001
Adrian Scotcher holding one of the blue tit chicks he managed to save. ANL-151206-145321001

For any chick leaving the nest for the first time is a daunting and dangerous time, but luckily for a brood of blue tits that got trapped after their first outings away from mum and dad, Adrian the technician was on hand to save the day.

Anglian Water technician Adrian Scotcher was on his normal rounds, visiting the water tower in Watson’s Corner, Polstead Heath, when he encountered the chicks, or they encountered him, as the baby bird fell on to his head.

The chicks had fledged from a nest in an extractor fan but ended up trapped inside the tower’s temporary water container.

Sadly some of the fledglings had not survived their ordeal.

The rescuer said: “I opened the door and straight away one of them plopped down on me from above, the others had dropped down on to a control panel.

“I managed to save two of them and took them outside and put them on a bush – I just hope their parents were able to find them.

“The chicks were quite happy to sit on my hand while I took them to a hedge nearby, and I even managed to get a picture.

“It’s certainly not what I was expecting to find on my visit, but I’m just glad I managed to get there in time to save some of them.”

Rupert Masefield, from the RSPB, said: “During the peak fledging period it’s not uncommon to come across young fledglings that have just left their nest. If they’re not in immediate danger the best thing is to leave them where they are.”

“If they’re in the middle of a road you can move them into the verge or bush, so Adrian did exactly the right thing.”