• About
  • Archives
  • Categories
  • Unexpected Visitor

    2011 - 08.08

    With Karin on vacation I had expected that the house would be a little more empty, but what I really wasn’t prepared for was an unexpected visitor!  What gave it away was it the whole “unexpected” part?

    So I’m in the en-suite taking a cold pill because I’ve got a bit of a sore throat which mostly only bothers me when I’m talking (but I could totally record a smoky jazz album right now, if only I could do jazz), and I hear this chirping.  Not really that strange, the slider to the balcony is open in the bedroom (blinds closed), and there are birds out there reasonably regularly.  Seems as though one of our neighbours (above us) has contraband bird feeders.  That coupled with Karin’s jungle (e.g. garden) means that we see little birds on our balcony reasonably regularly.  Pretty timid little guys, took us quite a while before we were able to get any pictures of them, as they’d take off pretty much as soon as they saw us through the doorway.

    But as I walk into the bedroom, it becomes clear that the sound isn’t coming from the balcony.  Ok, no problem, Karin mentioned that she’d seen them perched on the outside of our windows before, and sure enough it sounds as though it’s coming from near one of our open windows in the livingroom.  Unfortunately, it turns out that this little birdie decided to visit the inside of our apartment.

    2011_08_08_IMG_6320 by dcowley
    I own this place!, a photo by dcowley on Flickr.

    So I watch for a few seconds, and it’s clearly trying to get out, and doesn’t like our guest rewards program (no air miles).  So I fiddle with the blinds for a few minutes trying to get it to either fly high enough to get out the little tilt out window (30cm/1 ft) or to fly in the direction of the open door to the balcony.  Neither met with any real success.

    A phone call to the parents to see if they have any brilliant suggestions, and the best one was trying to herd it with a soft broom, or use a pillow case to catch and bundle it.

    I have one of those grabber things, and I got a tea towel and used the grabber thing to hold the tea towel hanging down to try to herd the bird, this was mildly successful, and at one point I had it inside the towel, but it got out before I could take it away from the window.

    Moving some furniture around so that I could hopefully herd the bird all along the front windows and eventually to the balcony door, this met with some success, I was able to close the blinds behind the bird and keep it moving towards the balcony, but it didn’t want to turn the corner and leave the windows behind.  So after some additional effort and a couple of failed attempts, I managed to get the tea towel over top of it, then carefully trying to tuck the bird into the towel I was able to carry it to the balcony door.  I tossed the towel to the balcony floor so that the bird would have some space.  It landed fine on top of the towel, and then flew up to the railing and then away.  So thankfully the story has a happy ending.  I however have a bunch of cleaning and putting back to do.

    In some of the pictures you can probably see a purpley substance, I’m not sure what it is, but I figure I had best clean it up.  I had not actually planned to work on that area of the house today, but luckily I can be flexible.

    Here’s the pictures from the encounter:

    2011_08_08_IMG_63102011_08_08_IMG_63112011_08_08_IMG_63122011_08_08_IMG_63132011_08_08_IMG_63142011_08_08_IMG_6315
    2011_08_08_IMG_63162011_08_08_IMG_63172011_08_08_IMG_63182011_08_08_IMG_63202011_08_08_IMG_63242011_08_08_IMG_6325
    2011_08_08_IMG_63322011_08_08_IMG_63292011_08_08_IMG_63302011_08_08_IMG_63342011_08_08_IMG_63332011_08_08_IMG_6335
    2011_08_08_IMG_63372011_08_08_IMG_63362011_08_08_IMG_63382011_08_08_IMG_63392011_08_08_IMG_63412011_08_08_IMG_6340

    Unexpected Visitor, a set on Flickr.

    Via Flickr:
    A bird flew into my appartment today…

    No that’s not the beginning of a joke, it actually happened.

    Tags: , , , , ,

    5 Responses to “Unexpected Visitor”

    1. JC says:

      So long story short you need screens for the doors:-)

    2. Karin says:

      Oh wow!! Glad it all ended up ok. So, he was in the bedroom mostly?

      • David says:

        No entirely in the livingroom, never in the bedroom at all.

        • Karin says:

          Ah. I wasn’t sure. I’m glad you weren’t eaten by the bird. I hope the dragons were helpful. :) Any idea what it was? Sparrow?

          • David says:

            I’m glad that I wasn’t eaten by a bird as well! The dragons were not helpful, they like being the only fliers in the house, so they stayed in the bedroom and sulked a little (which is very much unlike them).

            I took the pictures, but I haven’t tried to identify the bird as of yet.

    Your Reply