Poor little thing…

Also, I really need a better chimney cap.

I just had my first indoor bird of the year, and it narrowly avoided being burned to death since it apparently escaped the woodstove between my opening the stove door and going to the kitchen counter for my blowtorch*.

I didn’t actually see the bird escape the stove, since the room was darker than the bird. But having started the fire and gotten my coffee water going I returned to the bedroom to find a half-dead but extremely agitated sparrow on the bed.

I gave it some time to settle down on a window, then easily gathered up the poor little thing and released it outdoors. They always seem to get a burst of new energy when you do that, and don’t hang around to chat.

*yes of course I keep a propane torch on the kitchen counter, don’t you?

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9 Responses to Poor little thing…

  1. Judy says:

    “…propane torch on the kitchen counter…” Well no, but I’m not trying to light a wood-burning stove to keep from freezing my backside off everyday, either.

  2. Mike says:

    “…propane torch on the kitchen counter…” It’s all fun until you make a fuel of yourself. 🙂

    BTW, that’s not too strange. I’ve got a propane torch handy for the BBQ and the Camp Chef stove with the griddle on top. I’ve also found that a propane torch is perfect for starting campfires when we are car camping. 👍

  3. Robert says:

    My propane torch is by the door. Diversity! Or something.

    Regarding little birdies: it’s still freezin’-ass-cold with lotsa snow cover here and I was astounded today to see a batch of sparrows and hear some robins. WTH are they eating?

    We currently have more severe weather conditions than Texas, but around here we just call it February. Hang in there, Texicans. So ready for positive double-digit short-pants temperatures…

  4. Joel says:

    My problem isn’t acquiring a better cap – I can do that. My problem is getting up on to the roof to replace it. I didn’t design it well for a one-legged guy who’s afraid of heights.

  5. Judy says:

    Next time Ian is in the neighborhood…

  6. Robert says:

    No, we can’t afford to incapacitate Ian.

  7. Joel says:

    Got that right.

  8. Terrapod says:

    Find a neighbor with teens available for $20, use a man controlled rope over the abode to a strong belt for safety, but do the cap on a dry sunny day, not when you have sheet ice.

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