40 days and 40 nights…

Since a few months ago when a tree landed on my roof, I’ve had the pleasure of a few guests barely not overstaying their welcome. Although they’ve come close a few times to me yelling, “Get the chirp outta here!” 

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Well, the short story is that this tree knocked off the chimney cap, which I didn’t think was a big deal. That is, until one night I heard ruffling and chirping coming from where? Surely not where I think it is… Yep, the fireplace! So from inside the house I opened up the fireplace and… nothing. This is where it gets a bit more complicated: the fireplace damper had been closed so the bird evidently made a nest above it. Now if I open the damper, everything comes tumbling down, thereby ruining the nest that might already have eggs in it. Or if I put the chimney cap back on when I know the bird is out and about, I may trap the babies without their mama. OK, I did say this was the short story so to sum up… for the past couple of months (or maybe it’s been a week? It’s hard to tell) I’ve heard the chirping of birds at all hours of the day. Part of me is like, “awwwwww how cute.” The other part of me is like, “@#&$*#@% birds!” 

-Out of the Wilderness

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