I’ve decided this is a better location, Martha. Even the exterior is more interesting with its designer bark siding.
You go ahead up there, Nathan. I’m going to check out this one at the lower level. Less of a target, maybe? And the chipping is easy. Look at me! I’m almost halfway in already.
What if Martha’s right? I’m kind of conspicuous up here. Besides I’m wondering if I’m getting too close to the inside of that crater on top.
How ‘re ya comin’ along down there, Martha?
Eeeeuuuw! What is THAT in there? If it moves, I’ll eat it.
Oh … ah … er … fine, Nathan …
but I seem to have come up against a gnarly knot in this hole.
Sheesh! Just look at ‘er. She’s halfway through to the other side. Maybe that gnarly knot will slow her down and put me back in the running.
Now let’s see. Where was I going with this fibre? Mustn’t let on to Martha, but was I going to put that fibre in the nest or did I just chip it out of there? Is this how it sneaks up on you? Forgetting things?
Nathan, what’s wrong with you? Put that fibre into the nest already. Dithering around like you don’t know if you’re coming or going? Unless you’ve decided on my nest after all?
Oh, this is too frustrating. I need a break. Up this tree looks like a good place to get away for a while.
Nayyyyyy-thannnnn! See me up here? Catch me if you can!
Here I am.
Just to the right of the trunk. If you can find me, I’ll help you with the building again….
Look at Nathan! Isn’t he just so cute, but I have to play hard to get or he’ll take off after Mitzi. She’s been mooning around Nathan, especially the other night when the moon was full. C’mon, Nathan. Up here, in the tree. Come and find me.
Martha or Mitzi,
So itsy and bitsy,
They’re both after me
As I chip on this tree.
Martha is strong,
And with her I belong,
But I’ll let her dangle
Until I finagle
A way to find love with them both.