Breakfast with the Birds
By Dianne Lemire
Grant and Eric awoke
early Saturday morning.
The ground was covered with fresh
The boy's minds raced with ideas of
what they could do in the snow.
Grant wanted to go snowmobiling.
Eric wanted to go sliding.
Their mother called them to come for
As the boys sat down to eat, Grant noticed that there was a lot of activity just
outside their window.
The birdfeeder was full of birds.
They were having breakfast too!
The chickadee swiftly selected a
sunflower seed and flew off to a near by tree to eat it.
A woodpecker stopped by and pecked
at the suet.
The large bluejay, flew in and shoed the
other birds away.
He carefully selected a sunflower
seed, grasped it in his claws and pecked at the shell
until it broke.
The nuthatch, in its usual upside down
fashion, moved up and down the side of the feeder and
then ate some suet.
A flock of evening grosbeaks, swooped down
and bullied their way into the feeder.
They ate one sunflower seed after
another, breaking them in their bills and leaving the
leftover shells in the feeder.
It was fun to watch the birds and
learn about them.
Grant and Eric wanted
to find ways to bring more birds to the feeder.