A dove has decided to build her nest in a traffic light.

The bird - named after the famous song about a prostitute by British rockers The Police - built her nest in the top, red light of a set of traffic lights at a busy junction near Basildon, Essex.

And it seems that not only is Roxanne seemingly oblivious to the busy traffic constantly whirring past, but she also doesn't seem to mind the red light shining upon her.

Red-light district: Meet Roxanne the dove who has built her nest in a traffic light

By Oliver Pickup
8th May 2011
Daily Mail

Nestled in a traffic light, this dove has earned the sobriquet Roxanne for building her nest in the red-light district.

Minding her own business this feathered friend has been spotted sleeping at a busy junction near Basildon, Essex.

Some hawk-eyed driver noticed the dove, but from afar most people would struggle to spot the birdie.

Spot the birdie? Roxanne the dove looks quite content in her nest in the traffic light fitting

Room with a view: The tiny bird can be spotted at a busy road junction in Basildon, Essex

The bird, nicknamed Roxanne after the famous Police song, is not proving too much of a distraction for motorists.

And the tiny dove seems happy to snooze - not only while cars go whizzing past beneath her, but also as the stop light illuminates.

And, when she awakes, she can always keep a bird's eye view on the road below.

Minding her own business: The dove seems very happy watching the world below go by

No go: Roxanne is quite comfortable living in the traffic light in Essex

Musician: Bassist Sting was touring with his band, The Police, when he came up with the idea to pen a song about a man falling in love with a prostitute called Roxanne

Sting, the lead singer and bassist of Police, wrote the song Roxanne from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute.

The musician was inspired by the prostitutes he saw near the band's seedy hotel while touring in Paris in October 1977.

Supposedly the title of the famous song comes from the name of the character in the play Cyrano de Bergerac, an old poster of which was hanging in the hotel foyer.

Now Basildon have their own Roxanne - but their creature of the night seem happy just watching the cars go by.

Last edited by Blackleaf; May 8th, 2011 at 12:24 PM..