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What species of wild birds have you found trapped indoors (in your house, garage, or shed) and how did they get in?

We've had a European Starling come down the chimney.  I've found a Carolina Wren flying around my bedroom (it pooped on the wall!).  We've had at least a couple Ruffed Grouse fly right through a window pane...they didn't make it. :(  And years ago a Yellow-rumped Warbler found its way into our basement through an open door or window.

Our garage has trapped many birds, including Eastern Phoebes, Mourning Doves, and a House Finch and Black-capped Chickadee.  They almost always try to get out through the tiny windows instead of the WIDE OPEN garage doors...

Also, this is not a bird, but we found a live bat in a trash can one time. :blink:

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It's a fairly regular occurrence for me. Hummingbirds get trapped inside every so often, when they forget how to fly out the window; they seem to panic and fly up to the cieling. If they get to the back of the house they're sunk; the back wall is almost all windows that go almost to the cieling, and they don't notice the door even if I open it. I coax them onto my hand and walk them outside when they can't find their own way. Hummers buzz through the apartment constantly, in one window and out the other, at least a few times an hour. Rufous-Collared Sparrows also wander in a couple of times a week, but usually find their way out. I've also had the occcasional House Sparrow inside. These I can usually shoo towards the doors, because they don't fly high up like the hummers do. They come in through open doors more than the windows, and tend to walk or hop in as opposed to flying in the window. One time a Wilson's Warbler came in the back entrance sometime in the afternoon or evening, and spent the night in my potted coffee shrub. I woke up early the next morning to find him sleeping there; he woke up and hung out for a while before heading out the door. I asume he came in through the window in the door.

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I get a Hummer in the garage about every other year.  As Aveschapines pointed out, they usually fly up to the ceiling instead of out the open garage door.  I've had a great deal of luck closing the main garage door late in the afternoon, opening the side door, and turning on the outside light by that door.  The bird sees the brighter outside and flies out of the darker garage.

Riverbanks Zoo here in Columbia, SC, had an 'open' bird house when they first opened in the '70s.  The aviary was round, with a darkened center and lighted exhibits around the circumference.  The theory was that the birds wouldn't fly into the darker center, and stay in their individual lit exhibits.  The problem was that the birds could see the lit enclosures on the opposite side of the center, and they happily flew through the dark to get to the light on the other side.  The zoo quickly had to change the exhibits' open sides to glass or similar restraints.  The building was obsolete after a couple of decades and was replaced several years ago.

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Years ago, young Western Screech Owl in the garage. Not sure how it got in. At least two hummingbirds over the years have ended up in the house. A Bewicks Wren in the house. Also had snakes, scorpions, and tarantulas in the house when I lived out in the country. 

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I've had a Song Sparrow.  Finally was weak enough to get on the huge branch we (me and my dad who has no patience whatsoever)cut.  And my Mom has had a Ruby Throated Hummer.

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We have had several ruby throated hummingbirds in our garage and a indigo bunting in the house once.   We just leave the garage door opened for the hummers,  they have always found their way out without the stress of human interference. 

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Somewhere I have a horrible picture of a Carolina Wren on top of my parents Christmas Tree one year.  I’ve had Eastern Phoebe get in the garage.  And the American Goldfinch who was trapped inside the feeder a couple of weeks ago.  

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We had a YRWA fly into the garage last year. it stayed there for 15 minutes, perched on a container.

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