It wasn’t the first time a bird had become stuck in our woodstove; this had happened twice before.
The three events all began with a scrabbling, scuffling, fluttering noise in the corner of our living room. This type of noise can be shrugged off once or twice, but after subsequent repetitions the message is clear: There is another living thing somewhere in this room.
The first time, it was a House Sparrow. The second time, it was an Eastern Bluebird. Now it was a European Starling.