[Tweeters] Unsuspected bird hazard
baro at pdx.edu
Wed Oct 5 19:32:06 PDT 2022
Once more upmanship. Ha! One spring we heard a commotion in our upright
wood stove. It had an L-shaped chimney. Straight up from the stove
and then 90 degrees to the outside. We opened the door to see what was the
matter and (no, not Santa) out flew a female Wood Duck.
Vaux Swifts down the fireplace chimney are annual events, including once a
Chimney Swift (entirely more appropriate), 2nd Oregon record.
Bob OBrien Portland
On Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 1:56 PM HAL MICHAEL <ucd880 at comcast.net> wrote:
> 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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