This is another post from nearly three years ago, from the days when hardly anyone knew about my blog.
A few days after we had one of those very rare earthquake tremors, I was vacuuming downstairs when I heard a fluttery noise. I turned the vacuum off and listened. The sound stopped.
Could it be another tremor? Maybe a loose picture was rattling against the wall.
I went upstairs and heard it again.
Aw, no! Some poor bird is stuck in the chimney.
Luckily it was summertime. No fire. I reached up into the flue and opened the damper, thinking the bird would drop down.
It was quiet then.
Oh no! Did I squish the bird when I pulled the steel flap open?
Carefully, I pulled it closed. The bird flapped.
Whew! Okay, it’s still alive.
Slowly, I opened the damper again. I had my head way up in the fireplace and, looking up the chimney, I could see a flurry of wings once in a while. The bird kept flapping, trying to fly up, but then it always fluttered down again.
Poor thing must be exhausted.
I crawled into the firebox as far as I could and stretched my arm up the chimney through the small space past the open damper. I waved my hand back and forth blindly, trying to touch the bird.
Sorry, baby! I know you’re all freaked out. I wouldn’t want to be caught either.
At last I got hold of a wing and very gently pulled the bird through the opening.
I was holding a terrified juvenile flicker.
Wow, what a set of lungs!
Quickly, I checked it for injuries.
Good you’re okay.
I opened the door to the front deck and stepped outside with it. The shrieking brought the neighbours out to see who was being murdered. They saw a young flicker leave my hands. Free at last!
Still trembling from the ordeal and from the sudden, unexpected volume of the squealing bird, I went to wash my hands. In the bathroom I looked in the mirror.
Holy smoke and chimney soot!
I was black up to the armpit, down my back, and all over my head. Only my eyes were white. I laughed.
I was a mess, but I felt great. I’d done my “do-gooder” deed for the day.
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