Work on part of a $70 million renovation of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, just north of San Francisco, has been put on hold, because a hummingbird nest was found in a tree that was to be removed to widen the freeway at one end of the bridge.
Randy Rentschler of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said “a single hummingbird nest with an egg is going to cost us a couple of weeks” noting that the bird is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
I like Hummingbirds as well as the next guy, hell I put out feeders for them.
One damn Hummingbird egg should Never, Never Ever out weigh the needs of the many and stop a $70 million dollar bridge renovation project. Delaying work for maybe weeks costing Tax Payers tens of thousands of dollars because workers set idle waiting for an egg to hatch.