The other day a Starling flew or fell down the chimney and was trapped in the unlit fireplace behind glass doors. It was tricky but I managed to capture it, wearing thick leather gardening gloves and draping a kitchen towel over it to help it calm down. Once outside I laid it down to free it, and immediately it took to the skies screeching obscenities. A couple hours later another Starling was heard flapping around in the fireplace and I was able to set it free in the same way. This is one of the sure signs of spring, when birds are nesting. We’ll have to secure the chimney entrance. Again.
© deb davies thorkelson
Acrylic on paper 7.5″ x 11″