Meadville Tribune

July 27, 2013

Cochranton roof rescue was for the birds

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

COCHRANTON — It wasn’t the typical fire department rescue effort, according to Chief Shane Neff of Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department.

“I went up and bent it apart (the roof from the bargeboard on the side of exterior edge of the roof) so the mother bird could feed them,” Neff said following Friday afternoon’s ornithological effort at an apartment house on North Franklin Street.

Three young birds, almost to the fledgling or flight stage, were cut off from access to their parents — and food — Friday after a new roof was put on the apartment building at 116 N. Franklin St., Neff said.

Concerned neighbors contacted the fire department about the situation Friday, he said. Neff, in turn, contacted building owner John Morrison and received permission to pry back the bargeboard slightly from the roof to allow the adults access to the baby birds. Neff also put in a nail to give the adult birds a perch to land and feed their young.

“The nest is in under the roof in between the rafters and insulation,” Neff said. “The adults can’t fully get in to feed them but can access them (the young).”

The young birds are expected to take flight on their own within the next few days, Neff predicted.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at