Several times over the past two weeks, right around the time we both head upstairs in the middle evening hours to get ready for bed and do some reading and emailing, we heard noises above our heads that we assumed immediately were due to a mouse or rat in the attic. One of my dreads this weekend has been that the blasted thing would eat its way through the asbestos and through the ceilng drywall and fall into the suite, or that it would fall between the joists into the wall and eat its way in that way. I HATE MICE!! Also, I have no idea where my husband stored the traps when we moved in here with the mistaken idea that mice would not be a problem! Duh!!
The one thing that puzzled both of us was that the noise and scrabbling about were not consistent. They happened for about 10 minutes maxiumum every few evenings, with a few days in between, and never once during the day.
Well, last night it happened again, but I stopped long enough to listen more carefully to the sounds. They were the same sounds as before, but didn't seem to be inside the attic...more on top of the roof....so I tossed on a housecoat and walked outside onto the front lawn to see if I could see anything unusual up there...maybe something that had been blown or tossed up there at some point, got stuck on a heat vent and made noise on the shingles depending on the wind direction.
O my....there WAS something up there all right: It was a big fat GOOSE!!!!! I have never seen a goose scrambling around trying to keep its balance on any of the rooves of our complex buildings ever before. This one's wide, flat, webbed feet were having quite a time getting a grip on the old shingles, what with the roof having quite a steep pitch to it, but the big fat bird was trying hard to keep its balance and stand up!! O for heaven's sake!
I laughed and laughed as it finally managed to get sufficient traction for a rather awkward take off back into the sky.
Dumb goose........ hahahahahaha