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We had quite a few days of craziness with those stupid starlings. The PM even started calling them stupid so you know that's bad. In three days we had 12, yes 12, birds come down the chimney. We got a new chimney and cap a couple of years ago but that apparently doesn't stop them.

On Sunday morning, the PM's starling nightmare came true. The PM had taken 3 birds out already that morning and was happy to hear that the flock of birds had moved on. She decided to start a fire as it was cold and she figured the smoke would deter any chimney divers. She listened carefully while she got the fire ready and there was no birds trapped.

As she lit the match and put it to the kindling and newspaper, the fire started and frantic claw scrambling echoed through the flames. One !@#$% bird had flown down at the same time as the fire was lit. He was in the chimney. This is actually Goldie's bird fantasy but believe me, it was not pretty to witness. The wee ones started screaming and crying, yelling that the bird was going to burn up. The PM left the stove door open a crack and ran to douse some newspaper with water to smoother the flames. As she was running back to the livingroom, the wee ones were yelling, "He's out! He's out!". That psycho bird must have flown straight down the chimney, through the flames in the stove and hit the door, causing it to open. The door on the stove has a glass front so that is why the PM thinks the bird went for it trying to get out.

The bird was then flying around the house, banging on windows, mad to get outside. Goldie was outside and did not witness this. That is a good thing. I, on the other hand was curious but did not move from my bed. The bird did flap around my food and water dish and hang out on my window.




The PM finally had him cornered behind a big plant. She moved the plant aside and picked him up in a towel and brought him outside. He left surprisingly unscathed.

19 comments:

Parker said...

Maybe he will go and tell his starling buddies to stay out of the chimney now!

The Island Cats said...

Whoa! Bet that bird won't think about going down the chimney again!

Sweet Praline said...

Let's hope the chimney is covered now. I hope nothing like that happens in our chimney!

Sen and Tom said...

That happened to #1 once in her wood stove in PEI! Great that you managed to save the little guy, though!

Junior said...

WOW, WOW!!!!! Meowm says that birds used to get in the walls of where we live and make the worst noises. We are glad that doesn't happen now!

Sounds like an interesting time you all had!

WhimPurr's Whim and the Whiskers said...

Oh my! That was a close call! Glad everyone escaped no worse for the wear .... although a bit frazzled! ;o)

jenianddean said...

I sure hope that bird learned its lesson. Yikes! I'm very impressed that you did not pounce it.
--Jasper

DEBRA said...

woo hoo......now that was exciting!
Too exciting I would say -- don't want any
more of that.

*whew*

Purrs,Abby

Daisy said...

Yikes! If that happened at my house, my Mommie would scream real loud!

Cat-a-holic, Laila and Minchie said...

WOW! What excitement!

Tybalt said...

That sounds like quite the adventure! I'm glad the birdie was ok.

Cat with a garden said...

OMC, that was such an adventure! And Goldie missed it all?! I can't believe you're so layed back, Shade! What star sign did you say you are?
Purrs, Siena

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

Your PM is pretty brave!!

Mickey said...

Poor Goldie!! I guess those birds really are stupid!!!! Mom says you might need some hardware cloth ;) Dumb birdies,heeheehee
Purrs Mickey

Evie/VampyVictor said...

WOAH! That sounds like utter Chaos!!
Momam says starlings are a pest here too, but she hates to see any animal suffer, I mean she will not even kill creepy crawlies, she catches them and puts them outsides...

I know it is getting colder there and this must be a big problem for your families.. wow... maybe your local council or animal rescue can suggest something to help you..

I iz laughing very much and very glad that the birdie .. stupid birdie woz ok, but wow you guyz need to keep warms too! :)

V-V

Derby said...

Wow a real live fevver in the house. Not roasted and ready to eat.

Thanks for the purrthday wishes.

Fin said...

I thought it was going to bird roasted starling.

Whicky Wuudler said...

WOW! what a nightmare that sounds. Goldie should have been sitting infront of the stove with his mouth open.

I'm glad the starling was ok, I have a soft spot for them (it's called my tummy)

GRRRETA said...

That is one lucky bird to escape the fire, the smoke, the glass door, and Shade. That sounds like way too much excitement.

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