The following is an e-mail message I received from home. You can fill in the earlier part of the story yourself, although I will note that the mystery lies in how the bird got in.
"The bird is out of the house. To sum up, it ended in Shadow's mouth, he put it down, I held the back door open, and it rallied and flew out.
"While this happened, Buddy was barricaded in the front. When I released him, he ran down to see what was up and, finding no bird, began meowing.
"I imagine they'll all need to sleep this off."