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Carving the Bird


It’s not a turkey that needs to be carved, but Fletcher the Flicker is getting creative as he dines on a snack of suet at the feeder.

“I’m going to carve you into a little duckling. Who knows? It might improve the flavour.”

“Oops! What was I thinking? I’ve eaten your bill, my little duckling.”

“Hmm! You’ve got a problem there, Fletch.”

“Well don’t just sit there and criticize, Orson. Do you have any bright ideas?”

“I guess not. Unless he’s gone to think about it….”

“Well, Fletch, I … er … let’s see …. For one thing, his bum’s too fat.”

Fletcher closes his eyes and counts to ten. “Lord give me strength.”

But then Orson has an idea.

“You pick away under his chin – that will help – and I’ll pick away at his fat tush. And by the way, it’s great working with you, Fletch. That snarky starling is not nearly as nice as you are.”

“I’m keeping my distance when he’s around. Get a load of that spearing beak and those mean, beady eyes. Not to mention that grabbing set of claws he’s got. No, Sir! I’m not doing anything to draw attention to myself. No sneaking a bite while he’s there.”

Fletcher carves a duck of suet,
Asks his friend for help to do it.
Orson's happy to oblige him
Least he knows he won't get bludgeoned.

Snarky starling, meanest birdy,
Doesn't share, and oft plays dirty.
Orson spends his time with Fletcher,
Both are happy, yep, you betcha.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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43 thoughts on “Carving the Bird

  1. Oh my gosh, Anneli! I have a big smile and giggles after reading this, so sweet and fun. The birds are really beautiful too. Thanks! 😊❤️🇨🇦

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  2. That’s beautiful! I love your bird photos and how you include their commentary. 🙂

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  3. I have to smile a lot about your contribution.
    You really have a funny story about your very good photo
    which gave me a lot of joy.
    Perhaps you owe me an explanation,
    How did they teach their birds to make figures?
    I don’t know these woodpeckers from Germany.
    Greetings from Germany Werner

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    • I’m happy to have put a smile on your face, Werner. As to who taught these birds to carve figures out of suet – I think they were born with this natural ability. Just as some people are more artistic than others, some flickers are naturally more right-brained and artistic. Hahaha. Just a bit of fun for us. I hope you’re doing well and staying happy,


  4. Anneli, your fertile imagination is a delight!

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  5. I wouldn’t want to stick my fingers in that cage! Great photos!

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  6. A lot of fun at your feeder 😊. Handsome flicker, we never see them in winter.

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  7. Dear Anneli,
    we love your dialogue of Orson and Fletcher, just GREAT! And fine pictures 👍
    Wishing you all the best. Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  8. So sweet, Anneli. You have a delightful imagination! ❤

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  9. I had to laugh out loud about the conversations going on at the suet blog cage. Keep on going like this, I just love those posts!

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  10. Sweet story, and the photos confirm . . . a little teamwork helps in carving up each day’s agenda.

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  11. What a beautiful little story and wonderful photos – I love it!

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  12. That is beyond darling. Lincoln wasn’t interested, I see.

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  13. So cute. I love the little poem at the end. And great pictures as always.

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  14. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I find that our backyard is a haven for birds in every season. They’re fun to watch.


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  15. How you brought a smile to my face! And an out-loud laugh. First, yes, our woodpeckers make “art” on our suet feeder too. I’d never thought of it that way. I better go look and see if there are any ducklings out there. I did find a suet “heart” once. Your photos are fab and your poem so so so cute. xo

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  16. This was delightful, Anneli! Your poem was the icing on the cake, or better yet the seeds in the suet.

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