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The Birds!

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... a sure sign of spring, but not one I had experienced til now!

So, my house is about twenty years old... which means my dryer vent cover is also twenty years old.  It's plastic, it's really weathered and now when you run the dryer, the flaps don't want to close back up like they are supposed to and so they usually stick open.  Whenever I am out in the backyard, if I see that they are open, I get the rake (the vent is about 8 feet up from the ground) and push them closed.

WELL, one day, I noticed that birds were perching on those stuck-open vent flaps and it got me to thinking... "surely those birds aren't flying into the dryer vent...."  I mean, this vent is around ten feet long as it has to go all the way to the middle of the house where the laundry room is.  That's a whole lotta room for birdies to 'nest'.

SOOOoooooo.... here comes the ladder and the big long stick and the flashlight... and YES, those darn birds were building nests in my dryer vent!  Thank heavens there were no eggs or little baby birds... I cleaned out the mess and tried to 'oil' the little flaps so they'd close on their own... still not happening... so now I'm making sure that I go out and close the flaps every time I do a load of laundry.

THEN, this morning I noticed a flap was stuck open and I guess they've figured out how to open it on their own!!!  I feel like I'm in an Alfred Hitchcock movie!!!!!   

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