[Tweeters] Unsuspected bird hazard

HAL MICHAEL ucd880 at comcast.net
Wed Oct 5 13:55:44 PDT 2022

For years we had wood stoves. Have removed dead Vaux' Swift and live Starlings and Western Bluebirds. The bluebirds were young off the year and very black until the soot rubbed off.

Hal Michael
Board of Directors,Ecologists Without Borders (http://ecowb.org/)
Olympia WA
360-791-7702 (C)
ucd880 at comcast.net

> On 10/05/2022 12:24 PM Helen Gilbert <helen.gilbert.2 at gmail.com> wrote:



> Hello Tweets,


> On a recent cold night, we decided it was time for a little heat boost

> from the furnace. Wouldn't you know, the fan blew but no heat came out!

> After a week of negotiations about warranty coverage for the 9-year-old

> furnace, the repairman installed the replacement inducer motor today.

> Many exclamations of amazement emerged from the basement after he

> extracted the broken part.


> The culprit was a chickadee that flew in the intake or exhaust pipe

> outside the house, couldn't get out, and jammed the motor so it burned

> out. A never-before-seen occurrence to the veteran repairman. Poor

> little guy.


> To prevent future kamikaze visits to the furnace, the repairman

> recommends wrapping the mouths of the furnace vent pipes with wire mesh

> or bird netting. Who knew?!


> Helen Gilbert

> NE Seattle


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