1,000 birds got stuck in a Calif. home’s fireplace, and it’s every bit as horrific as that sounds

In a nightmarish scene Hitchcock would be proud of, over a thousand birds got stuck in a fireplace in a Montecito, California home last weekend.

“Every day is different at the fire department!” This was announced by the fire department of Montecito. “On Sunday night, your Montecito firefighters were called into a house where about 1,000 small birds were trapped in the chimney.”

The fire department initially hoped the birds – identified as swifts by Santa Barbara County Animals Services – would fly out of the chimney on their own overnight. But when they returned on Monday morning, the poor birds were still there, trapped behind the fireplace screen.

A new plan to create a slide system to get the birds through the house and through the back door was more successful, and the birds were returned to the sky.

“We are grateful for the positive outcome of this unusual call and the opportunity to resolve issues with our partners at Santa Barbara County Animal Services,” said the fire department.

Montecito firefighters were called to a house Sunday evening for a report of birds trapped in the chimney. Our partners at @countyofsb Animal Services worked for hours today to release the birds using a slide system. We are grateful for the positive outcome of this unusual call! pic.twitter.com/64fRk58Z3Z

– Montecito Fire (@montecitofire) April 26, 2021

A similar incident occurred in Torrance, California just last week when around 800 birds fell into a family chimney and took over the house, forcing the family to take their baby to a hotel for the night.

A video of this incident shows the hearth circling above the chimney of the house before masses tumbling down the chimney. Another clip that was shot later shows her against a window in the house.

BIRDS ARE FLYING HOME! An @KTLA viewer says it took her hours to get her from her home in Torrance, California. pic.twitter.com/uxdOkxLkr9

– Ryder Christ (@RyderChristNews) April 27, 2021

Swifts are known to sleep in groups in chimneys, and the birds are likely just roaming southern California as they migrate north for the summer.

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