Back inside the house I made coffee and breakfast, then turned on the TV for a fix of March Madness and news about the Hoosier’s glorious first-round victory. That’s when I heard a commotion from the wood stove. Sure enough there was a bluebird inside the stove. It had remained inside the flue and finding no way out came down into the stove. Last spring a bluebird had done the same thing. I was planning to cover the flue top soon since the weather forecasts weren’t showing any more days that might require wood heat. Not soon enough I guess.
Now the last thing anybody wants is a wild bird inside the house. Not only because of the damage a bird can do to the house and itself, but also because the bluebird is such an iconic American bird that it’s even more important to free the bird without injury. It was time to do a bluebird extraction, a method I developed last spring. I covered the stove with a large piece of Agribon row cover. The plan was to open the front doors of the stove inside the Agribon, wait until the bird flew out and trap it in the folds of the row cover, then carry it outside and release it.
It was a nerve-wracking operation. The bird finally came out of the doors and I managed to seal it into a pocket of the row cover. I just got out the door when the bluebird worked out of its trap and flew off – a close call. I think it’s time to build or buy a proper bluebird house.