A bird has fallen down my chimney. I am not sure what it is but I think it must be much bigger than the occasional starling that appears in the hearth, because it seems to be stuck half way. I thought it had died yesterday because everything went quiet, but my wife says she heard a couple of fluttering noises early this morning. We cant see it, and are not quite sure how far down it is. All we have is a pile of soot in the grate, so it will be a very dirty black bird by now. It could be a collared dove, crow or even a wood pigeon. I try not to imagine the state of the living room if one of those suddenly bursts out from the fireplace and flies around the room.
Is there anything we can do, short of paying a chimney sweep to try and force it out?
Please dont say light the fire and munch the barbecued remains, because I prefer to be humane, but it must be dying a slow death up there.
And, please, no jokes about being a case of bird flue.