June 29th, 2011
Commotion in a Smoke Tree
Posted by Sharkey
Yesterday, Francesca and I were sitting on a stonewall when I noticed some commotion in a nearby smoke tree. Francesca seemed to know just what it was and gave me quite a lesson on the subject.
1 Francesca! I noticed some strange movement coming from that smoke tree. What do you think is going on?
2 Sharkey, you didn't look very closely, did you?
3 If you had, you would have seen a mother bird feeding her hatchlings. Isn't it a wonderful sight?
4 Francesca, what kind of birds are they?
5 They are called the American Robin and for our French following, Merle d’ Amerique.
6 I'd like to get closer and sneak a peek!
7 Sharkey, do you see how neatly the nest is made? Robins weave together dried leaves, moss, twigs, and roots. And the inner lining is composed of grass, hair, wool, and mud.
8 You see that there are three babies, and they look hungry! I'm told that earthworms are a favorite food of American robins, but they also like caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers.
9 Little one, I'm not your mother and I don't have any food for you!
10 Cheep, cheep, cheep... Is that white beast gone yet?
11 We baby robins need to eat and the white beast was keeping our mother away! Mama, come back! We're hungry!
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