A reposting from June 2010
I had some birdseed that was too big to fit through the openings in our bird feeder. It was full of kernels of corn, peanuts and sunflower seeds. So I put some in a bowl on a rock in the garden for the squirrels. This is what happened next.
Grosbeak found a big bowl of birdseed in the garden. “Oh my!” she said. “This is good. I will eat it all myself.”
Tanager came. He said, “Grosbeak, may I eat some of this seed?”
“Yes, I will, “said Grosbeak. “It is mine. I will not share.”
“If you eat all this seed you will get sick. Then you will swell up and explode into LIT-TLE TIE-NEE BITS,” said Blackbird.
“LIT-TLE TIE-NEE BITS?” said Grosbeak. “OH MY!”
“Yes,” said Blackbird. “You should learn to share.”
“I think you are right, “said Grosbeak.