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    Strongly Ambivalent Ivy's Avatar
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    Well, I went out and tried to gently pry it away with a long stick. It just kept shoving its little talons back in the screen. I didn't really want to touch it but after Animal Control pretty much said "deal with it yourself" I kind of thought I didn't have a choice. I got the ladder out and set it up by the window, and went inside for a towel.

    But wait! NF friend to the rescue. At that moment, she called, and I happened to mention to her that I was screwing up the nerve to go grab a live bird off my kitchen window screen. She said "Wait, I'll be there in five minutes." So she came and went up to help the bird, but it flew away before she could touch it. Weird.

    It flew to the bottom of a nearby tree and it was just sitting there, not flying away when we went to investigate it. It didn't look injured-- just a little dumb or dazed or something. We were contemplating taking it to the wildlife refuge when it took off into the woods.

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    It's probably just a fledgling and not too good at flying. From my experience with chimney swifts, some of these "vertical object clinging" birds seem to have problems with not being stuck to the side of something (tree, house, etc).

    Its parents are probably around somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    It's probably just a fledgling and not too good at flying. From my experience with chimney swifts, some of these "vertical object clinging" birds seem to have problems with not being stuck to the side of something (tree, house, etc).
    If it was a "horizontal object clinger" then maybe it would be a ledgeling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajah View Post
    There's a bird's nest in my dryer hose. Again.

    WTF do I do about it?
    Wrens, starlings, or English sparrows?

    if it's wrens, then that might be one of the many nests the male wren built to interest the female wren. She will pick the one she likes and completely dismantle the nest and rebuild it. (Which means the rejected nests will be abandoned.)

    If it's starlings or house sparrows AND you're in the US, you have my sympathy, but the birds don't. Those are invasive species from Europe and are some of the few songbirds that are not protected from being hunted. (IIRC--check your local laws.) Starlings and house sparrows deprive native cavity nesters of nesting space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuranes View Post
    If it was a "horizontal object clinger" then maybe it would be a ledgeling.
    Whereas ground clingers are groundlings....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Whereas ground clingers are groundlings....
    So they like Shakespeare?

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    The Globe's shape and size have been pieced together by scholarly inquiry over the last two centuries. The evidence suggests that it was a three-story, 100-foot (30.5m) wide, open-air amphitheatre that could house around 3,000 spectators. The Globe is shown as a round building on a contemporary engraving of London. On this basis, some assume the building was circular, while others favour a polygonal shape. Archaeological evidence suggests the playhouse had twenty sides.[7]

    [B]At the base of the stage, there was an area called the pit,[8] (or, harking back to the old inn-yards, yard) where, for a penny, people (the "groundlings") would stand to watch the performance. Groundlings would stand and eat hazelnuts during performances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    So she came and went up to help the bird, but it flew away before she could touch it. Weird.
    I have that reaction to NFs, too.




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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Whereas ground clingers are groundlings....
    Or wearing drag in the hopes of getting sent back to the USA *grumblings*
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    But the bird was a screenling. Like all of us on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martoon View Post
    I have that reaction to NFs, too.




    Uh-oh. Here comes one now...
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