Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Man and the Bird.......
Thinking of titles for this little tale, a couple came to mind "The Old Man and the Sea" as well as "Ahab and Moby" - however not truly wanting to insult man or bird, I've gone with, as you can read, "The Man and the Bird."
Characters: The man, a gentle, mild-mannered individual, seldom agitated or angered
Status: recently retired
The bird, a lovely adult male, maybe female, Flicker
Status: hibernating to warmer parts of the country away from the great Pacific NW
Recently retired man has no idea that Mr. or Ms. Flicker, as the case may be, generally stops here each fall and pecks around on the side of the house. Recently retired man has never been in the house before when said bird decides to do his or her tap, tap, tapping.
Flicker has no idea that his or her, as the case may be, tap, tap, tapping would bother any one. No one has ever made a fuss about it before. A bow wow now and then but no real - shall we call it rage?
As the Flicker has been here consistently now for about two weeks, said man is beginning to get a little, shall we call it edgy? Rapidly departing the kitchen via the sliding door to yell at the bird. Poor innocent bird takes one look at the man and flies to nearby tree to observe. When man re-enters the house, the bird flies back to his appointed task.
Man sends dogs out to bark but bird is up high on the side of the house, tap, tap, tapping - although the man now is certain the bird is using a small sledge hammer to do his work. Man yells louder at bird, bird sits in tree screeching back and when man is sufficiently red-faced and gone, bird flies back to his task again.
Man has suggested and even consulted with other men about the wisdom of using a bebee (sp) gun on this small creature or at least a big dirt clod. Woman, who shall remain nameless, suggests the wisdom of that idea should be researched carefully with forethought of the consequences indoors if that method of destruction were used out of doors.
Woman expects there will be several more pop-offs from the man, a few more staredowns from the two of them, and then a fly-away from the bird until next Fall.
photo from Wikkipedia