For a few years I lived in a house that had two screened porches with open doorways. Small birds, about the size of sparrows, would find themselves "trapped" in them several times a year. They would become trapped because they would ignore the open doorway they came in from, and try to fly out another opening that was covered by screen.
Usually I ...
Having dealt with this a time or two, the best plan of action in my opinion is as follows.
Attach a blanket or large towel to two brooms, mops or anything with a long handle. You can use binder clips, hair clips or anything else as long is it secures it well.
I have attached a rudimentary drawing for further explanation.
Now that you have your net device, ...
I have never had to do it but my mother used to do it like this:
Switch off all lights that show in the room, close the door.
Close the curtains. When it goes dark the bird will sit down. All birds that are active in the day do.
You can than catch it with a towel or other piece of cloth thrown over it or a box you put over the top of it, and a board slid ...
I took a large wooden board and started waving at it, to make it fly in a more chaotic manner. After several minutes, it finally found the window!
I think it started to get tired, so it started landing on various objects for a few seconds. Maybe this actually made it find the exit.
Anyway, I'd be happy to know what to do next time this happens.
I've had mixed results with "thistle" seed - some batches get eaten fairly quickly, while others just sit in the feeder until I dump them. I suspect it's a matter of how long they sit in storage before getting sold.
Goldfinches prefer it, but I've also had Purple Finches and Juncos on the feeder fairly regularly. House Sparrows, perhaps ...