Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bird hunting

I just drove back from Alabama. I sat down on the couch. The neighbors walked by the front windows, so I looked towards the window and saw this image. I was about 15 feet away and I had no idea what it could be. I walked up to it and it looked like it might be a dead bird. I gathered some weapons and other tools (actually a 32 oz cup and a paper grocery sack).

I positioned the grocery bag under the motionless bird and tried to use the cup as a scoop to move the bird into the bag. It was at the point that I realized that the bird was not, in fact, dead. He shot by my head and flew across the room. I took about a minute to evaluate tools that might be more appropriate for capturing a living bird that is in the house.

At this point, I was armed with a 32oz cup, paper grocery sack and am anxiety that I couuldn't shake. I put the bag on the ground and tried to shoo the bird into the bag. That didn't work. What I needed was a new plan.

I then put the bag on the ground and tried to shoo the bird into the bag. It worked !

I assumed that the bird was injured, so I called Amy to see what she thought was the most humane way to handle it. We decided I should release it and when I did it flew through the neighbor's backyard and disappeared.


Sara Quinn said...

This is as funny as the first time I read it - which is amazing since the first time I read it I was in a bar with 2 beers under my belt !

Amy R Shipp said...

You should really try DRINKING the beers next time instead of just putting them under your belt, Sara. I think you would enjoy them more that way.