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    Who killed Mr. Finch? A Foo 48 Hours Mystery

    Friday afternoon I get a call from my daughter. "There's something weird. A dead bird is lying in the middle of the living room."

    No doors or windows were open. I have 2 cats but they're always indoors. One cat had been with my daughter in her room for most of the afternoon, the other one was hiding under my bed because the cleaning lady had come a couple of hours earlier (he doesn't like the vacuum cleaner). The cleaning lady doesn't leave any doors open because of the cats.

    The bird was a little red-breasted finch and he was quite untouched, so the cats hadn't seen him.



    He was lying in the middle of the floor with no sign of trauma.



    At first I thought he might have come down the fireplace, but I checked and the flue was completely closed.

    So how did Mr. Finch end up dead in my living room? All of the doors and windows were closed, he wasn't there when the cleaning lady left, and my daughter was home in her room after that and didn't hear or see anything out of the ordinary.

    I need the Foo collective to help solve this mystery.
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    flew down the chimney

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    ekk i read to fast

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    Could have been panic that killed it, I've seen that. Could have just been old age. Once I found a hummingbird in my back yard that I identified as the alpha male of our yard from his large shimmering gorget. Sure enough, we never saw the alpha male flying again. We figured he just got old.

    I had a canary who was singing in a low voice, and when I returned to the room 10 minutes later, he was on his back in the bottom of the cage.

    I hope you were careful about putting it in a bag and cleaning the spot where it was. Little critters living on it were probably looking for a new place to hang out.

    We usually just bury the bodies by a tree. It feeds the tree.
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    Looks like a Norwegian Blue. He's only resting.

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    Maybe as the cleaning lady was leaving (and if she's like our neighbor's cleaning lady leaves the door open as she's packing up - she brings a lot of her own equipment) the bird flew in, panicked, flew hard into a window, broke it's neck and bounced into it's resting spot.

    Look for an oily smudge on a window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Looks like a Norwegian Blue. He's only resting.
    Probably tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.
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    Charles Darwin has always been associated with dead finches. Maybe he needs one more for the collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Maybe as the cleaning lady was leaving (and if she's like our neighbor's cleaning lady leaves the door open as she's packing up - she brings a lot of her own equipment) the bird flew in, panicked, flew hard into a window, broke it's neck and bounced into it's resting spot.
    I wondered about that, but decided that the bird probably would not have bounced quite so far back. Once I found a kestrel that had flown into a wall of my house and broken its neck. It was fairly close to the wall on the ground. I don't think it was suicidal but perhaps it was chasing a smaller bird, maybe a hummingbird, that managed to make the turn up and over the gate next to the wall.
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    Access through an attic loft maybe?
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    Is this your cleaning lady?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Maybe as the cleaning lady was leaving (and if she's like our neighbor's cleaning lady leaves the door open as she's packing up - she brings a lot of her own equipment) the bird flew in, panicked, flew hard into a window, broke it's neck and bounced into it's resting spot.

    Look for an oily smudge on a window.

    By jove, I think you've got it.

    I checked the sliding glass door and there's no bird smudge, but there is a little drip of bird poop on the inside of the door, and a small spot of it on the tile floor nearby. The cleaning lady does leave the front door open when she's taking her vacuum in and out so it probably came in then, flew straight through the house, and smacked into the glass door in the living room.
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    Jeez,Nice work folks and here I thought the butler did it. Did the cats eat exotic or is the tree growing bigger?

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    CLEANING WOMAN !! CLEANING WOMAN !

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    By jove, I think you've got it.

    I checked the sliding glass door and there's no bird smudge, but there is a little drip of bird poop on the inside of the door, and a small spot of it on the tile floor nearby. The cleaning lady does leave the front door open when she's taking her vacuum in and out so it probably came in then, flew straight through the house, and smacked into the glass door in the living room.
    You have a cleaning lady?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
    You have a cleaning lady?
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    Mrs. White in the living room with the candlestick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Dead Men Don't Tell Tales
    My ex was a coroner. The dead have much to tell, and they never lie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    CLEANING WOMAN !! CLEANING WOMAN !

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    Dead Men Don't wear Plaid?

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    Hmmm. I was thinking Colonel Mango in the dining room with a candlestick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Dead Men Don't wear Plaid?
    One of my top three favorite movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
    You have a cleaning lady?
    Did I mention that I have 2 indoor cats who shed all over everything?

    Mr. Finch got wrapped in a towel and tossed in the trash can outside.
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    I was going to guess it was a hint from the cleaning lady to pay your bill, but like the answer of the cleaning lady leaving the door open long enough for the bird to fly in. My 2 cats used to be intrigued by the birds that used to fly into the living room window (the prime cat window). I put some suncatchers up to try and keep that from happening, but keeping the window dirty enough for the birds to notice worked better until the tree outside the window grew tall enough to keep the birds from flying into it.

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    Is the cleaning lady Sicilian ?

    YOu are probably lucky you did not wake up with a bird's head next to you and I would seriously suggest you give that lady a raise.

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    Atticus Mockingbird, wasn't he in to Kill a Finch?
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