What to do About My Overnight Guest … any suggestions?


Never did I dream that my next overnight guest would be a starling or grackle. He’s resting in the back bedroom and haven’t heard a peep out of him for over an hour.


I took pictures earlier in the day from the dining-room window of a group of grackles/starlings (whatever)  gathered in a tree. They were lined up like musical notes rehearsing for a concert.


Then I kept hearing a strange clanging noise from somewhere and later learned a starling or grackle (can’t decide which) must have flown down the chimney into the basement.   He found a temporary safe-resting spot on top of cabinets in the bathroom before retiring in the back bedroom.


Now…how do I get him out of the house? I’ve tried keeping the door open for him to fly away but no luck so far and it’s very cold outside.

My cat has taken up temporary residency for the night in the cold basement while Mr. Long Beak rests in the bedroom.

What to do to get this bird out of the house? Help! With a beak like that I might sleep with glasses covering my eyes.

Any suggestions as I will have to get on a solution first thing in the morning.

Nite all!!

footnote:  I’m assuming this is a Starling or a Grackle.  Why did God make so many different kinds of birds to confuse me.


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2 Responses to What to do About My Overnight Guest … any suggestions?

  1. thorns4roses says:

    I’m still debating what type of bird visited my home as an overnight guest nearly a year ago. I did get him out of my house by coaxing him out of the back bedroom by whistling and putting on an album of forest nature. He came out and sat in the window. I opened the door and he flew out.

  2. thorns4roses says:

    Crows and ravens are notably large for songbirds, larger than pigeons. Blackbirds and grackles are smaller than pigeons, as are starlings and cowbirds. With grackles being a bit larger than the others.

    Bill shape and tail shape provide the key features to distinguish ravens and crows. Long tails characterize grackles and specific size and shape helps to differentiate between our three grackle species. Blackbirds have moderate-sized beaks and tails but different species have distinguishing marks in the plumage (yellow heads, red wings, glossy sheen etc.) Cowbirds have thicker beaks and shorter tails. Starlings have very short tails and pointy beaks (which are bright yellow in the breeding season unlike any of the others).

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