British Wildlife 06.6 August 1995

Twitcher in the Swamp

As I write, the Discovery space shuttle flight has been postponed owing to the attractions of a bird, a kind of woodpecker called the Yellow-shafted Flicker. The flickers have been pecking holes in the insulating foam surrounding the fuel tank, causing a delay costing $100,000. Step forward the US Bird Investigation Review and Determent Team (BIRD) which specialises in this sort of emergency.

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