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Tony the Towhee


Lincoln was minding his own business when he thought he heard a soft, croaky voice calling, “Eh?”

“Who’s that talking to me?” Lincoln asked. “Oh, NO! It’s Tony the Terrible. I don’t mind sharing a bit of the food but he’s so messy!”

“Who’re you calling messy? It was like this when I arrived.”

“Now, let’s see … is that a good one or another empty hull…?”

“Found one, but what’s the taste going to be like?”

“Meh! Just as I feared. These ones that are lying around are getting a bit stale. So much for cleaning up.”

“Tony, I swear, if you mess up my lunch, I – I – I – …. Well, just don’t make me come down there, or it’s Ta-ta, Tony!”

“Oops! I think lunch is over. I’m going to get a quick ‘Take-out’ and skedaddle. I don’t think Lincoln cares about social distancing and I don’t like him when he gets mad.”

“How do you like that? He’s cleaned me out! No wonder they call him Tony the Terrible.”

“Guess I’ll just have to go harvest some more fir cones. But what a lot of work!”

Author: wordsfromanneli

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40 thoughts on “Tony the Towhee

  1. Lincoln is so adorable! Tony looks a bit rough eh??

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  2. So cute, Anneli. I love these posts. πŸ™‚

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    • That’s so nice to hear, Lynette. I’m never sure because the Captain rolls his eyes (and quietly chuckles), so it gets me wondering if I’m being too juvenile. But I love my little animals and they do seem to be interacting. I can only guess what they might be saying. So many animal languages out there. I’m still learning Towhee, but I think I’ve nearly mastered Squirrel. Thanks for hanging in there!

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  3. You know ‘meh’ is mainstreamed when even the animals are using it.

    What happened next?

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    • “Meh” is standard towhee language. It’s one of their favourite expressions. What happened next? Well, I hate to say it, but Lincoln doesn’t really like to share. He put the run on Tony. But don’t worry. Tony is persistent. He always comes back.


  4. I love your posts about the animals talking, itΒ΄s always fun to read. And the pictures are outstanding!

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  5. LOL! Tony is a little messy!

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  6. That is a lot of mess…
    Poor Lincoln.. Hope he got some lunch soon.


  7. You always get terrific shots and create wonderful stories. πŸ™‚

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  8. I love the simplicity of the conversations in your posts. Nice to read something where I don’t have to concentrate and just be transported away for a few minutes. Towhees are one of my favourite birds. They really are quite comical at times. Great photos! Thanks for making me smile!!!

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  9. Your dialogue seems to suit these two! Very nice, Anneli.

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  10. Great photos, Anneli and a delightful story. πŸ™‚


  11. What a vivid imagination! I love your characterizations.

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  12. Poor Lincoln. Tony did clean him out, and trashed the place at the same time! Great pics, Anneli. πŸ™‚

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  13. Poor Lincoln! Some birds have no table manners at all. It can be quite interesting to see what grows under bird tables with all the seeds that some of them drop.

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    • Had to go into the editing window to reply to you. And yes, the things that sprout under the bird table can be very interesting indeed. Also finding (in other parts of the yard) some plants that originated with these seeds, makes it interesting to speculate where they came from and how they got there.

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