However, the noises eminating from my wall were the scariest thing I've heard. You know how in a horror movie there's a scene where the heroine is cowering behind the locked bathroom door while the ax murderer is on the other side trying to get in. Yep, that's pretty close to what I heard. And how I felt.
My hero, John, from Critter Control got to my house a little before 2:00. I'm impressed already because he was on time, and doubly impressed because it was horrible weather here. We were in the middle of a sleet storm and bless his heart, he was outside on a ladder looking around at my house for the hole(s) where this thing managed to enter. My house is almost 100 years old so it's not surprising that there are holes.
About 2 hours later, after poking around everywhere in my house, John tells me he's 90% certain it was a bird that managed to wiggle in through a loose board under my deck overhang, and it got up in the drop ceiling in my kitchen and fell down the wall. He thinks more than likely it broke a wing and it's probably dead in there. He did reassure me that birds don't stink when they die because they don't have a lot of water in their bodies. Huh, who knew?
He covered up the hole with a temporary patch, and in about week when the ice is gone, I'll have it permanently patched.
So, that's the story. Thanks to all of you who laughed with me because if this had happened to someone else, I'd be laughing my butt off, too.
*I highly recommend Critter Control for all your unwanted critter needs. They were patient on the phone, on time, thorough, and reasonably priced.