I came home from shopping to hear extremely loud and continuous bird chirps in the corner of the kitchen. Odd. Outside: no birds. Inside: loud chirps. And fluttering. It sounded like it was inside the range hood: a very odd place for a bird to be.
If I banged on the hood, the chirping would stop. For a moment.
I fetched the ladder and leaned it up against the house where the range hood vents to. That vent was a long way up… (Well, not really, but I hate climbing ladders.)
I checked the range hood again and removed the bottom grille. That opened up a sealed area with no bird inside.
I looked at the ladder, and then realised the middle metal panel of the vertical part of the range hood could probably be removed by undoing the bottom screws.
I fetched the screwdrivers and slid up that middle panel. Sure enough, I could see bird legs and a portion of bird body.
That was enough to release the bird which rocketed past me and straight out through the wide open door, or so I thought.
A short time later: chirp, chirp, loud and in the corner of the kitchen.
It took quite a bit of looking and a lot of very loud chirping, but I finally located the bird well-hidden behind a small stack of plates. I moved the plates and it flew off, but this was one disoriented bird as it flew straight to the corner of a window, which allowed me to actually grab it.
It turned out to be a baby sparrow which did fly away for real once I took it outside.
I have no idea how it found itself in that space. I don’t know how things are arranged up in the ceiling space. Perhaps it had found a way in to the ceiling space and from there had fallen down beside the range hood vent pipe.
At least it’s free now.
Photo, a bird in the hand: Baby sparrow released from range hood prison. Ladder leaning against the house in the background.