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Stood Up


Before I let you in on their conversation, I must introduce the northern red-shafted flickers (of the woodpecker family). Mr. Flicker has a red slash on his “jaw” while Mrs. Flicker does not. So let’s listen in:

“Hmpf! Where is she? She was going to meet me at ‘The Suet Block’ for lunch and now she’s stood me up.”


“I’ll just have to have lunch alone. Oh, I saw him there at the feeder. I was only a few minutes late and he just couldn’t wait. Had to go ahead and eat without me. Some date!”

“Where were you? I’ve been waiting on this post so long, it’s a wonder a hawk didn’t come by and snap me up for HIS lunch!”


“Waiting for me? Hah! While I was waiting over here, you were already filling your face — I can see it all over your beak.”

“Oh Lord, give me strength!”

“Oh my goodness. Folks, did you see that? The Flicker family are at it again. There’s so much food for all. Such a shame they have to bicker … Haha, bicker … flicker … hahaha. The Bicker Flickers!”

“Oh well, it must be the stress of Christmas. They’ll get over it. Sure hope they have a happy new year.”

And you too, folks! Have a happy new year.

Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff or you’ll end up like the Bicker Flickers.

Think of all the blessings in your life, be thankful, and enjoy.

By the way, you see all this food around me? Someone brought it out here, thinking of me.

Why not do something kind for someone else every day? What a better place the world would be.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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

36 thoughts on “Stood Up

  1. Great pictures and story to go with them. Happy New Year!

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  2. Adorable post and what beautiful birds! May you have a blessed new year, Anneli. โค

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  3. Great photos, such a beautiful bird Anneli! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  4. Anneli,
    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones !
    All the Best !
    Cheers ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Beautiful birds! Happy New Year, Anneli.

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  6. Sweet post. Happy New Year, Anneli!

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  7. What a great post! ๐Ÿ˜€ Such great photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year, Anneli! All the best to you (and your menagerie) for 2020. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I LOVE your picture stories!
    A Happy New Year to you and yours,

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  9. Such gorgeous photos, Anneli!!!! Wowsa. Happy New Year to you and yours! (and to Lincoln)

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  10. Delightful, Anneli! The bicker flicker birds are beautiful. What are they?

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  11. Wonderful pictures and story, Anneli. Happy New Year!

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  12. Anneli, I LOVE this post – stunning photos and the story has me smiling away – such a heartwarming tale on the greyest of days!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  13. The flickers are magnificent! Happy New Year, Anneli. Thank you for sharing the beautiful nature that surrounds you.

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  14. Lovely pictures! All the best for the New Year, Anneli.

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