The Sparrow Ate My Homework…

…Or no birds were harmed in the creation of this post.

I apologize that posting has been light to my blog lately. I’ll have you know that I had the very best intention for doing a lot of catch-up posting today, but a little bird got in the way.

All week long I’ve been very excited at the prospect of my Tuesday afternoon. Originally, we were supposed to drive down to Kentucky today but plans changed and we’re driving down Wednesday instead. I already had the time off, and I thought what better way to spend my free day than catching up on my blog. Well, it’s 9 p.m. and I’m just now sitting down to write. Typical.

My entire day was shoved back by an event that I’m sorry to say has happened three times now — yet another bird found its way into the wall. Today’s sparrow danced his way across the length of the house and made his way down to the furnace flue. I’m happy to say the weather’s been warmer, so the furnace was off. I’m also happy to say that the bird made his presence known at the exact moment that the duct cleaner arrived to clean the dryer vent.

After two hours and four well placed holes punched in the basement ceiling, the sparrow was home free. Literally.

Luckily, I was there today to hear the bird and deal with it. I hate to think what the house would have smelled like with sparrow roasting on the furnace till Sunday. Not exactly a festive way to ring in the season.

2 thoughts on “The Sparrow Ate My Homework…

  1. Oh my goodness, that’s terrible for the little sparrows. How does this happen? Seriously, I’m new to home ownership so now I’m worried about little birds flying into our vent and into the furnace. Eeep!

  2. We’re guessing they got in through a gap between the chimney and the roof. We hadn’t had a fluttering visitor since the new siding and roof were put on the place–problem solved…we thought. The air duct guy said they can get in the exhaust that vents through the roof and recommended a louvered screen over the vent, as opposed to the single flap. In any case, we’ve got a built in escape hatch for the birds now. Of course, if we’re not home, they’ll land from the frying pan into the fire…a house with three cats!

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