Thursday, March 15, 2012


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?”

“No! No!” said Grosbeak. “It is mine. I will eat it all.”

“There is too much for you,” said Tanager. “You must learn to share.” “No! No!” said Grosbeak. “It is mine. I will eat it all myself.”

Tanager flew away to eat bugs on the lawn.

Blackbird came. He said, “Grosbeak, may I eat some of this seed?”

“No! No!” said Grosbeak. “It’s all mine. I will eat it myself.”

“You are very selfish,” said Blackbird. “There is too much here for you. You will not be happy if you eat all 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.


Pearl said...

Oh, the tanager. What a beautiful little bird!

But where are their manners?!


TexWisGirl said...

how cute! and such beauties!

CarrieBoo said...

That is the best!!! New bird species for me... ooooooh!

Alica said...

Sounds like the makings of a good childrens' book on manners! :) That Tanager is so pretty!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

:) Wonderful..I enjoyed it!! :)

Anzu said...

Grosbeak forgot to enjoy it with having the monopoly on the treasure.
The birds told me that I should enjoy my own life with sharing generously.ヾ(・◇・)ノ(@Θ@)ヾ(((o^Θ^o)))ノ"

Anonymous said...

Your story adds extra enjoyment to wonderful photos of the birds!

Maude Lynn said...

What a great series of pictures!

TALON said...

LOL! Loved the story, loved the pictures and loved how I'm smiling right now, Leenie! :)

Terry and Linda said...

Well done! Just grass something to look forward too!!!


jabblog said...

There's a lesson there for all of us;-)

esbboston said...

I enjoy animal dialogue!