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TITLE: It's For the Birds
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(A CHILDREN’S Story)
“Look Harold, there is a big round funny shaped thing peering out at us. It’s nose is pressed flat on the window. What do you suppose it is?”
“Gee Harmon, it seems to be a human. They are always staring at us wee little birds. One nice thing about those species of animals, they do bring us some nectar, so that we may eat without too much effort.”
“We better get over to that nectar jar before the big boys get back. There is always such a fight whenever they get here. That bright red head guy thinks he’s smarter and tougher than any of the other birds. Did you see him the other day? Why he almost pecked a hole in Sigfried’s head.”
“Yeh, it was real scary. I thought they were going to hurt each other. Those humans could put out more jars of nectar for us so we wouldn’t fight over it.”
On the other side of the window, stood Teddy 5 and Betsy 8. They had such fun looking out at the Hummingbirds as they would drink at the nectar jars.
“Mom, why do those little birds always fight each other? They are so tiny and their wings just hummmmmm so fast that you can’t even see them move. Do they ever stop moving? Why did GOD make them so tiny? I bet their eggs aren’t very big either.”
Laughingly mom answered, “Well Teddy, I guess that He made them that way so we could enjoy watching them. Yes. They have very tiny eggs, less than an inch long, Would you like to put up some more jars of nectar so the little birds can eat till they are full?”
“Oh yes,” chimed in both Teddy and Betsy.
So they all went out to the kitchen and found two more nectar jars. Teddy and Betsy insisted in stirring up the mix of sugar and water for the little hummers. They made one cup of sugar to four cups water. The birds watched them closely, as Teddy and Betsy helped mother fixed the jars.
“Look Harman, we are going to get some more nectar. Now maybe the tough guys won’t bother us as we fly south to Mexico for the winter. We can fill up here and maybe some nice humans will have more nectar for us on the way. “
“Right Harold, things are looking up. Here they come with the nectar!”
Racing over to the jars, the two birds started drinking vigorously. All of a sudden, the tough birds came back. They fought with Harold and Harmon. Finally, the tough birds got tired and went over to the other jars and drank, leaving the two smaller birds alone.
Inside, Teddy, Betsy and Mom were watching all the Humming Birds fighting and drinking. “Will they ever get to Mexico, Mom? Will they ever come back? The two children asked.
“I think they will. Maybe we will see them again next spring”
With everyone satisfied, the birds left and the family went on with their other games.
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