MELBOURNE, FL (Florida Today) -- Their eggs are gone, and their nest has been relocated.
But that hasn't stopped a pair of sandhill cranes from returning to the corner of NASA Boulevard and Evans Road.
And that means more traffic problems.
The mother bird – for our purposes, we'll call her Evans, in honor of the road she frequents – sits in the middle of a pond in front of the General Electric building.
The father – let's call him NASA – paces anxiously in traffic, pecking at cars as they pass.
Drivers did their best Wednesday morning to avoid NASA.
One woman shooed him away with a blue sweater.
But he was quickly back in the road dodging trucks and pecking at cars.
Last week, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials moved the birds' nest with two eggs inside, hoping the adults would follow. Unfortunately, the birds didn't, rendering the eggs in the nest nonviable.
Now, FWC officers are checking on the birds daily.
"FWC is attempting to discourage the birds from nesting too close to the roadway again," said Brandon Basino, a spokesman for FWC. Officers are watching for early signs of nesting; if they see the birds building a new home, they might intervene.
"Officers and upper-level leadership are working with the specialist on the matter to come up with a few options," he said.
But for now, drivers should be cautious of the couple: Evans and her protector, NASA, as he barges his way into traffic once again.
Reporter Stacey Barchenger contributed to this story. Walters can be reached at (321) 242-3681 or email@example.com