Actually I was reading DC and my wife comes in and tells me the cats are suddenly interested in the fireplace and there might be something in it. The fireplace has steel and glass doors that close completely shut so nothing can actually get in the house. Not wanting to tear myself away from the interesting threads on DC I suggested that she get a flashlight and take a look thru the glass. Seconds later she comes scurrying back in here to announce that there is something in there and it's an owl ! Of course we didn't have a fire going, in fact we haven't had a fire so far this year.
Apparently the owl somehow fell or came down the chimney. The damper was open and he managed to get by it and was sitting in the firebox looking back at us thru the glass. Poor guy ! I'm not an owl specialist but I'm pretty sure it's a Barred Owl, I think the young ones are white and get their color later as they mature. Anyway he stands about 12-15 inches tall and is basically white.
I don't think he can figure out how to fly straight up, so if I don't get him out he'll die. I put on a long-sleeved padded shirt and got a pair of welding gloves and confident that I can catch him and take him out of the house. So when I get ready I peek in there and he's gone! I get a mirror and flashlight and look up and I can easily see him and he's sitting on the linkage to the damper. So with this change of plan his feet are now an easy target. I plan on catching both feet with one hand, pull him down while catching his wings with the other. I've done this with large birds many times, so no big deal. In thinking about the upcoming capture and you fellow forum members I had my wife with a camera ready. Besides I might win $10,000 with the video of an owl latched on a man's face, while both of us evacuates our bowels. Anyway, as I was getting ready for the grab, the owl jumped off the linkage and went behind the damper, so I couldn't get to him anymore.
Plan B. I've darkened the glass doors, set a pan of water out, and I'll wait for him to come back down in the firebox. When he's there I'll quickly shut the damper so he can't go up and will be confined to only the firebox. Then I'll make the grab, so right now it's just a matter of time. I'll keep ya'll posted on the results and post a picture here if I'm not in the ER somewhere.