Monday, March 22, 2010

So, the bird thing. . . yeah, it happened

So, after the blizzards of 2010 everything went a little haywire.  As mentioned before, snow madness resulted with a bird in our house.

The morning of, I woke to a tap-tap-tapping coming from the ceiling. It sounded. . . big. There was something in the attic. At pre-7am, this is just not something you want to deal with.  I did the first thing that came to mind, panicked. Then, I called a trapping company to come and get this HUGE animal out of my attic. The guy on the phone said they would be over early afternoon and I felt slightly more at ease. I went along with the rest of my day on the first floor - staying as far away from the roaming beast in the attic.

At 10am, I went to the kitchen to make a delicious snack of an english muffin with peanut butter. Sounds good, right? I thought it would be too. So, there I am, waiting impatiently for my english muffin to toast to the crispness I desire. Then, I heard the tweeting. Oh, how lovely, I thought. Birds are finally coming back after the storm. Overall, I was having a pleasant morning. Until, the tweeting became a little louder. . .and out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move.

Then a bird flew at my head. Straight at my eyes. Inside. Indoors. In my kitchen.

Next, came the screaming.

Here are some very shaky blurry photos I took of the little devil while screaming at the top of my lungs (it's like Where's Waldo, bird edition):

After about 15 minutes of the bird flying around the house and me yelling things like "THIS IS NOT A PARK", and "PLEASE LEAVE SIR", I coaxed the bird out the back door.

The trapper-guy showed later and patched up the small hole in the roof (which was a tiny sliver under some moulding or something the bird squeezed in) with some thick steel. I guess sparrows need very small spaces to squeeze in, and with the cold conditions it wasn't so unlikely.

I'll never make an english muffin the same way again.


Kathy's Klothesline said...

Oh, funny! Thank goodness it wasn't a bat! We have a wood stove in the utility room right off the kitchen and I heard some tapping and scratching coming from inside during our last warm spell. Like you, I went to another part of the house while I waited for my husband to handle the situation. He opened the door and shined a flashlight in ........ and a bird flew out! I stayed away and let him get the bird out of the house.

Kathryn said...

This is not a park. F-ing hilarious! Good pics in such a state of panick!

Shiloe @ Tar Paper Crane said...

This is hilarious! Love the pics and the injuries inventory!

Benny said...

Thanks guys!

Injuries Obtained

  • Sprained Toe/Foot: 1
  • Blood Blisters: 2
  • Splinters under fingernail: 1
  • Bird Shit on me: 1
  • Eye Injuries: 3
  • Burns: 0
  • Falls off ladder: 0 (this is because we don't have a ladder yet)
  • Headaches: too many to itemize
  • Broken Bones: 0
  • Bandages Needed: 5
  • Electric Shocks: 2
  • Stiches: 0
  • Bruises: way too many