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Stop flying down our chimney. You get stuck in the house, you freak out, everybody has a bad day. Especially brainiacfive, who has had to catch/herd you out the window all but one of the half-dozen times (including two separate incidences of twice in one day; today there was a gap of only about an hour) this has happened this spring. STOP.

I've only seen it once, so I have no basis for comparison, but brainiacfive swears it looks like the same bird every time, or at least the same kind. Which of course would make sense if the idiots are nesting on our chimney. (Since we have high ceilings and run out of ladder a couple feet below our second-floor bedroom window, and there's a full-height attic above that before you get to the roof, there's no practical way to check on that theory.) The day I shooed it out the second-floor bathroom window, it did appear to be the same kind of bird that mysteriously appeared in the dining room a couple years ago.

The chimney theory is only a theory, incidentally. Since the appearances mostly seem to start in the basement, and the only way we can think of that they're getting there is down the chimney and out the boiler hood. This was the theory I came up with when I found three dead baby birds (one of them, of all places, floating in the catch bucket of the dehumidifier, which it had to slip through a ~2-inch gap to even get into!) in the basement our second year in the house. That was a freaky discovery, lemme tell ya. But also supports the "nest in ill-advised location" hypothesis.

I do not understand. And dude, the house has been right here for 104 years. It's not like it suddenly appeared on their migration route and confused them.

I. Just.



May. 24th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm both amused and exasperated that the situation warrants a tag. With several entries!
May. 24th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I remembered the earlier entries, even. Though I thought they were more recent than that. I suspect I spent one of the intervening years dead for tax purposes.

On another topic entirely, have you seen this? (Hat tip to filkertom.)
May. 24th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I saw his post, but I'm just now looking at the pictures. Thanks!


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