Yikes something is scratching in our downspout and it’s driving me crazy. While sitting on the porch, reading a book last weekend I kept hearing something scratching so I decided to investigate. The closer I got to the downspout the louder the scratching got. I realized some critter had found it’s way in and couldn’t get itself out. As the day went I just couldn’t stand it so I called hubby home from the golf course to get whatever it was out. I was afraid it would die before he could get to it. Of course it wasn’t a simple task of just taking the downspout off the evestrough, hubby had to dig it up where it connects under ground to our drain tile system. He did so with as much care as he could to not disturb the landscaping. I of course was waiting patiently with my camera to capture whatever was caught inside. My guess was either a bird or a ground mole.
Yep I was right, it was a Red-Winged Black bird stuck in the downspout. I have no idea how it got in there but I was glad I decided to enjoy the day outside and heard it scratching. I hope it wasn’t trying to nest in the evestrough and fell down the downspout hole, if that’s the case it will probably be back and may make the same mistake again. Anyway it’s free now and I feel so much better that it didn’t die.