Hey, ThankYou for suggestions. We definitely are familiar with starlings and this was not in any way a starling! Actually, we’ve had the “pleasure” a couple of times, of them falling down our chimney in winter.
This bird was quite small, but didn’t appear to be a fledgling. I was very busy keeping the cats at bay while trying to catch the poor little thing. So sorry, but I couldn’t take a pic as my phone wasn’t on me. My recollection is that it was all darkish gray to black, dull, almost velvety looking; no iridescence, no wing bars, no eye circles, no white breast, no tail stripes. I think the beak and legs were both charcoal and the eye was black - very monochromatic. It was really quite small (maybe 4”) and pretty sleek. We are backyard watchers for decades and never saw a bird like this. Possibly a migrant?
I wish I could supply a better description, but I was quite preoccupied. I sat with it wrapped in the bottom of my shirt, eyes covered to keep it calm, after a little rest, I checked him/her for damage - appeared to be fine. Opened my hand and off he flew! Pretty straight flyer, not swooping like some birds.
My husband caught the same guy, or one just like it this morning, also at a screened open window. He had nothing to add to my description, I’m afraid. We absolutely have no idea how these sweet little guys got in our house!