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Listen to Your Parents


Folks, it’s me. Lincoln. Lincoln the delinquent, my mother used to call me. Remember me?


I’m not such a delinquent anymore. I’ve learned to listen to my parents. But today, good grief, what did I see? A baby robin behaving just like I used to. Not listening to his parents. The young robin just sat right out in the open like he was advertising the most delicious crow’s breakfast.

And here he comes, the black marauder, his black beak sharpened for spearing shish kebabs of young robin. Oh I fear for the baby bird. I call over to the mother bird.

She doesn’t look too happy about her baby being so disobedient. “Come here!” she calls. “The crows will get you if you sit out in the open like that. Come here! Come here!”

Oh, I can tell she’s frantic and really annoyed at Junior. Just look at that scowl.

But Junior just sits there, saying, “I’m fine. See me sitting in the sunshine in the grass? I might even find a worm like I saw you doing. You worry too much. I’m fine!”

Oh, no! Here comes that murdering crow. I can hear him with that ugly raspy call, “Caw! Caw!” You’d think he’d just clear his throat and get a nicer voice to come out. I see the black shadow flying overhead. Oh, dear! Oh, dear. Oh, deardeardear! I can’t look. I just have to look away.

I should probably get out of sight myself.


Oh, saints be praised. There’s Anneli, waving her arms like mad. The crow is gone. But Junior is still sitting there.

Ah, thank goodness, Anneli is going over to check on Junior. Maybe he’s hurt?

No. There he goes, flying away. Not hurt. Just bit of a dummy.

Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

30 thoughts on “Listen to Your Parents

  1. ThatΒ΄s a very lovely story, just my taste. And the pictures to go along the story are outstanding again! Love it, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Super gemacht. Ich freue mich πŸ˜€ ❀

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  3. Thank goodness for Anneli.
    Sometimes I feel like I’m watching an animated nature story about the wildlife in your yard. Very entertaining.
    Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

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  4. Great photos, Anneli! I love the birds. πŸ™‚

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  5. Good story with a happy ending, and much enjoyed, Anneli. We have juvenile hummingbirds flying around right now, and see similar disasters waiting to happen. It’s a good reminder that we all have a lot to learn when we come into this world. I’m glad your waving arms helped Lincoln out. Great photos too.

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  6. I’m sure your help was much appreciated by the parents!

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  7. I love the story and the photos. πŸ™‚

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  8. I love this, Anneli!

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  9. Great story, Anneli, and thanks for being protective, even if that crow had to go hungry. πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend,

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  10. Whew! So glad it was a happy ending! Thank goodness you ran out there like a crazy woman. I do the same thing here in my yard regularly and I am sure my neighbours are quite entertained by a crazy lady running around in the backyard in her pjs. Beautiful photos!

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  11. Keep saying it should be a story book, a compilation of your ongoing nature series for adults and young people. Grandparents read to their grandchildren. Good Read, 5 out of 5. Smiles to our heroine Anneli.

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    • Thanks for the heroine status. I’m always afraid to use that word for fear of getting the wrong one. I don’t mean the drug. Now that you mention it, Marsha, I do know a lot of kids’ stories. Maybe when I’m bored enough I could write a bunch of them. Trouble is you can’t have any violence in kids’ stories anymore and some would say that when a baby bird is snatched, that’s violence. If it’s not snatched, it’s prejudice against crows. There’s no way to please anyone anymore. I’ll just try to keep on saving baby birds for now.


  12. Great lessons for all animals. I was nervous, worried, and then relieved. You’re quite a storyteller.

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