For the second year, we have had birds build a nest in the vent that comes from our stop top. Somehow, the birds fall out of their nest and slide down deeper into the vent. We can hear them scratching at the walls trying to get out, to no avail.
It is rather disturbing on several levels to hear the death cries of the babies.
Yesterday morning before school, Darren took off the vent, but couldn't reach anything.
Annabel and Bea were able to reach in and touch the birds.
Annabel eventually got hold of the mother bird and was able to get it out. We then spent a few minutes chasing it out the back door (unfortunately, no pictures of said bird, as I was trying to keep Winnie from eating it).
I think the mother bird came back to the babies, but we haven't heard any frantic clawing from them today.
We are hoping that the babies will soon outgrow the nest and leave home. We will then put up some type of mesh to prevent this happening again.
Unfortunately, we are having a difficult time putting the vent back on due to it's poorly placed screws. We may have to do some creative carpentry. UGH!!! So I'm without a stovetop for the time being.