A Bird in the Kitchen...
...is worth how many in the claw?
I got up this morning to the sound of Captain Jack howling and scrabbling frantically around the living and dining rooms. What I found when I arrived was a terrified bird flying back and forth in the room, arousing great interest from Jack and Moonlight (the cat). Finally it flew into the kitchen, and I managed to get a few pictures.
Who can tell me what kind of bird this is? Gray, with a spotted underside, and (though you can't really see it in these shots) a longish, narrow beak. You can biggify by clicking on the images.
I opened the kitchen window screen, and after a few minutes the bird found the opening and shot out of the house like a rocket. I'm still not sure how it got in—maybe through a torn screen in my office, up on the third floor. If so, that meant it found its way down the hall, and down the narrow stairs, before meeting up with the local guards.
All's well that ends well.