Have you ever had birds invade your home?
I was visiting with a friend this summer, someone I see once or twice a year. In short order, the conversation turned to birding; feeders, yard birds, unusual sightings, events.
He got to telling me a story about a House Sparrow nest he cleaned out of his father-in-law's attic. He said the birds enlarged a hole in the soffit, breeding in the attic for years. Told me the nest was 5 feet tall..!!!...wedged between a stud and a nailer which formed a perfect shaft for the nest. He said he found nest after nest, layered on top of each other with an occasional dead chick and unhatched egg.
That tale jarred my memory, I started to tell him about my own home invasion from a few years back.
It was late winter not quite spring. Still early, no bugs, I had my doors and windows open, no screens on the windows. I was in the kitchen fixin' a sandwich, just about to toast the bread in the toaster oven. I had the door to the oven open, the bread was still in the bag on the counter when the phone rang.
I left the room to answer the phone, talked for awhile and returned to the kitchen.
Opened the bread bag, started to put 2 slices in when a House Sparrow flew out of the toaster oven...!! She circled the kitchen and flew out the window. It startled me but thinking about it, after coming in the open window, the bird was simply foraging for food finding toasted bread crumbs in the bottom of the oven.
I went back to fixin' my meal, put the bread in the oven and set the toaster on Dark. After a few minutes I smelled something burning. I open the oven door, took the bread out, removed the wire grate, and found a dead House Sparrow laying on the crumb tray.
I still find it hard to believe.....sad but true.