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New Beginnings


“C’mon down, Robbie.” Harriet’s soft voice was barely audible.

Farther along, on the same branch, Harry, the hairy woodpecker, edged closer to Robbie’s nest. “You guys should get out while you can. Don’t you know there’s crows around? We got out a couple of days ago and they’re still hovering near us.”

“Naaah! They wouldn’t bother me. I’m big and tough. See how tall I can be?”

“Brother Ryan left the nest this morning. I guess I’m next. Not sure what these little guys are going to do.”

“Roberta’s not looking too happy, but I think Ross will fly out with me. See him right here next to me. He’s ready.”

And in fact, that’s just what happened. The big goons left little Roberta alone in the nest, crying her eyes out.

Then finally with one panicked PEEEEEP, she leaped down out of desperation and flapped her wings with all her tiny might.

And a new adventure began.


It’s crowded in the old homestead

With only one small room,

Roberta being tiniest,Β 

Her outlook full of gloom.


When Ryan flew, the other boys

Just couldn’t wait to leave,

Roberta stood there all alone

And all she did was grieve.


She called her mother loud and clear,

She called her father too.

They heard her but said, “Berta, dear,

You know it’s up to you.”


“It’s so far down and I’m alone

With no one helping me,

I do not want to die so soon

By falling from this tree.”


“Just take a leap,” her mother said,

“And flap your wings like mad.

Your other option is to stayΒ 

And be forever sad.”


Roberta plucked her courage up,

She shrieked and then she leaped,

She flapped her wings and on the ground

She fluttered, “Peep, peep, peep!”


With happiness and wonderment

At being on the ground,

Roberta blinked her eyes and said,

“I’m happy to be down.”


“My whole life lies ahead of me.

I have to do my best

To make it last a long, long time

Before my final rest.”




Author: wordsfromanneli

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39 thoughts on “New Beginnings

  1. I fell in love with woodpeckers when I was reading Enos Mills’ The Adventures of a Nature Guide. He spent long months watching woodpeckers build their treetrunk nests, leave them, to have them taken over by lots of other animals. I realize I need to listen to a woodpecker.

    Um, I don’t suppose you can add an audio file to this post…

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  2. Great photos, Anneli, I love your comments too! Such sweet little birds. πŸ₯°

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  3. Love the photos, and so glad Roberta made it out alive. Hope they are alive a long time and avoid being snatched by predators. They are all so cute.


  4. They are so adorable and I love your dialogue. πŸ™‚

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  5. How about “this was” the birds talking? Hahaha. Such pretty little creatures, I hope they make it!

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  6. Those little faces are so sweet. We have a red-headed wood pecker who recently decided to make our backyard his new home. He’s fun to watch.

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  7. Great to hear that all the chicks have fledged. Terrific photos and sweet poem!

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  8. Wonderful pics and poem. way to go, Roberta!

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  9. They grew up so fast! Great pictures as always, Anneli. And the poem is adorable. πŸ˜€
    Our little ones haven’t flown yet, but probably soon. ❀

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    • One of our biggest worries was to keep our dogs away from the area while they were leaving the nest and the time just after that. Somehow we managed it. It was sure stressful waiting for that last chick to fly. So glad she did.

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  10. Oh, they’re adorable! But fledging time is stressful. Well, it is for us observers. I wonder if the birds just think it’s fun?

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  11. Are you their mama or is mama robin their mama haha? yes, very hard not to worry. Such cuties, too.

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  12. PHABULOUS PHOTOS! Ah, the woodpecker is a funny, sharp bird. We have several families in the woods next to us, and on our suet. They have quite the personality. xo

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