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A Finch Is Caught In The Wood Burner!

Updated on May 21, 2012

Zebra Finch

A male zebra finch. I do not know what type of bird was in my parents' home.
A male zebra finch. I do not know what type of bird was in my parents' home. | Source

A True Story

Oh dear, here I tell the tale of my parents' adventure yesterday. The main characters to this (true) tale are my parents, a finch and a wood burner. Together they made for an interesting afternoon! Let me begin to fill in the details...

My mom and dad are sitting in their living room, watching television. It is the afternoon and they are relaxing (thumbs up for retirement!). They both hear a bang and look at one another.

"What was that?" my mom asks.

"Oh, something probably just fell," my dad answers. He shrugs off the noise and goes back to watching the TV show Judge Judy.

"Exactly!" my mom says. "Something might have dropped somewhere and we need to figure out what made the noise."

She hears the bang again and turns her head toward the sound. What she sees, she tells me today as she recants the tale, is unexpected. She sees the face of a finch in the glass of the wood burner in the corner of the room!

Wood Burning Stove

Example of a wood burning stove. No, it is not lit when the bird appears inside.
Example of a wood burning stove. No, it is not lit when the bird appears inside. | Source

The Indoor Wood Burner

The antique-looking wood burning stove sits in my parents' living room, to the right of the television. It is attached to the chimney. Luckily, it is not in use that day!

As my mom tells me this part of the story, I say "No way!" Then, I think back to last week when I saw a finch sitting atop their chimney, singing at the top of its lungs. Poor thing, did it lose its balance and tumble backwards down the chimney yesterday?

My mom continues with the story and I re-focus on what she is telling me over the phone. She tells me that the bird is barely moving and is covered in soot from the wood burner. She says that while they had the chimney cleaned last year, there is still some soot inside. My heart goes out to the little bird as she describes it to me.

"Your dad and I debated what to do," she says. They discuss whether opening up the lower door of the stove is the best option; the bird could fly around the large room and be hard to navigate out of the house. In addition, the soot could really dirty the room.

Instead, they decide that my mom will reach in the door of the wood burner and catch the finch in her hands as it looks small in size. She will then release the bird outside.

Executing the Rescue Plan

With plan in place, my mom goes to the garage and returns to the living room wearing her gardening gloves. She slowly opens up the wood burner's door and gently holds the finch between her gloves. It is barely moving.

My mom walks with the nestled bird to the patio door attached to the room and my dad opens the door. She releases the bird in a motion that she describes to me as, "throwing a baseball" into the sky. What a great description!

The soot-covered finch flies into the air and keeps on flying. My parents watch as it soars through the sky, flying farther away from them with each second that passes. The finch is free again!

Take Care, You Bird You

What a gentle way my parents decided to care for the bird. I am proud of their determination to help the bird.

I am pleased that the finch is now free! I hope that it has been able to get clean from the soot. My parents have a bird bath in their backyard if the finch needs to use it!

I hope no more finches fall down the chimney. How scared the bird must have been! What a story, what a rescue!

Two Finches

Zero amount of soot.
Zero amount of soot. | Source

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    • rdsparrowriter profile image


      2 years ago

      I'm glad to hear that the bird is not harmed and were rescued by loving caring people :) It is a lovely story :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow, that's crazy about the bats! Thanks for taking time for this hub :)

    • moonlake profile image


      4 years ago from America

      We once had so many bats in our wood burner chimney we had to wrap a plastic bag around the chimney for them to fall in.

      Enjoyed your story of the finch in the wood burner. Voted up.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... awesome story of an epic rescue. Poor little thing. I once had two Starlings find there way into my furnace (It was off) and for the next two weeks the thermostat was turned to low as I chased them all throughout the ductwork. It was comical because I could hear their little feet tapping. I ended up having to cut a section of ducting leaving it open so they could escape into the house. They loved the water and all grain cereal I left for them each morning. lol

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jeannie, those are quite the rescues - great work! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Oh, I love birds! I had to rescue a bird once from a computer lab at college and a different bird once from my grandmother's house. Good times!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @teaches, thank-you for all of your reads of my work. You are a wonderful friend. I am also glad the ending was a good one, I really enjoyed writing this hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Love these little birds pictured. So glad the bird had a happy ending. Yes, I have rescued some teeny baby birds once. It was so heart warming. Thanks for the lovely story.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Vinaya, oh dear now that would be a sad story. I am glad you enjoyed the read and realized the happy ending.

      @Raymond, thank-you! How nice of you to leave me a comment here. You have saved many animals, how wonderful. My mom really was amazed by the calmness of the bird and she said she thought it might be in shock.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      When I read the title I thought the poor creature was going to be killed. But it turns out to be a delightful read.

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      Raymond Alexander Kukkee 

      6 years ago

      Yes, Christyb, this is a wonderful story. Finches are beautiful birds. I have rescued chickadees, sparrows, a screech owl, a Pileated woodpecker, robins, and a finch or two! It never ceases to amaze me how calm they stay with me even standing, ready to fly. Again, great story! ~R

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @KDuBarry, yes I saw the Hitchcock movie and it is a little freaky! Luckily this incident only involved one bird! Thanks for the positive comment, yes I'm glad too there was a happy ending.

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      6 years ago

      Save the birds! I couldn't help but think about the actual movie "Birds"; I wonder if they let loose the power of the deadly finch...(LOL [if anyone saw the movie! :P]) I'm happy though, that they took care of the bird and rescued it! Great hub :)


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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @aviannovice, Thank-you for the advice. I will tell my parents to purchase one. I am glad the bird is safe. Thanks for the helpful comment.

      @Marc, Oooh I had not heard that one. I would much rather a cute little finch. Thanks for the comment and read, I appreciate it.

      @Jackie, Oh no a bat would be awful. I am going to mention to them about the screen, thank-you!

      @Nettlemere, I did not know that! No, they do not live in Australia. Thank for stopping by and for taking care of that bird too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad that it worked out for the bird. If your parents have not already done so, have them purchase and install a chimney cover. If this happened once, it will happen again. It will also keep birds and animals from nesting in the chimney during the off season.

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      You know the old saying about a bird entering your house being a long-lost relative's soul there to warn of impending disaster or doom? Good think it wasn't a blackbird or raven! Nice story, well written!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh, what a story. Glad it ended well. They need a screen over their chimney. The next one might be a bat!

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      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I enjoyed reading about your parent's bird rescue.

      Hopefully your parent's bird wasn't a zebra finch unless they live in Australia. I rescued a zebra finch once - it had flown in to the science lab of a local school and since Zebs are not native to the UK and won't survive in the wild here I took it home to live in my aviary.


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