I saw this on the Rochester, NY, area list:
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:05:06 -0500
From: James Kimball <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] A Brown Creeper story
One of my colleagues, who is engaged in construction on his house in the town of West Sparta, had an interesting experience with a Brown Creeper the other day. He found one morning that a small bird had gotten trapped in a small enclosed space in his construction. He was able to retrieve the bird, but feared it was injured since it seemed abnormally bent over. He brought into the house, put it in a box and, checking a bird guide, discovered it was a Brown Creeper. A close look disclosed that one of its sharp claws had actually pierced and gotten caught in one of its wings. He put the bird on its back and working very carefully with a pair of tweezers he was able to free up the claw. He said the bird then wiggled its legs briefly and then flew up and attached itself to his beard. After staying there a while it made its way up and over his head and then finally flew off out into the woods.
The beard reference reminded me of an Edward Lear poem my parents used to read to me:
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'