Far From the Hullabaloo


Stop the feud!  Time to get along!

The English sparrows have sparred

for days over whose bird house is

theirs.  A big fat sparrow clung


to a stick which came from inside

the house.  He tried to lay claim.

The house wrens had other thoughts.

Surrounding the sparrow from


all sides, they took turns diving down

swiftly from upper tree branches.  Each

blow to its head was met with unwavering

determination.  The sparrow stubbornly


refused to budge.  Thus, the skirmish

continued for days with the fat sparrow

surviving repeated blows to its head.

We took matters into our own hands to see


if we could get the battle to cease.

We mounted another bird house,

a larger one, to a different branch.

It seemed to work momentarily.


The tiny wren assumed ownership

of the smaller bird house.  After each

rainfall, it is enjoyable to watch the parade

unfold:  squirrels climbing branches,


chipmunks scampering about, a rabbit hopping

in our neighbor’s yard, birds flitting back and

forth.  Trees sway in the breeze to proffer

the music.    Let the parade begin!


It seems that Mrs. Robin had other thoughts

and found the perfect spot to build her nest

camouflaged in the hibiscus bush.  She prefers

to be far from the hullabaloo of the others.


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22 Responses to Far From the Hullabaloo

  1. I love your stories among the gorgeous photos. oxox

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  2. Emily says:

    Beautiful and beautiful photos!! Xoxo

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  3. robertcday says:

    Oh, that’s just darling! Totally enjoyed reading that. I could see it all happening vividly before my eyes. Thank you. πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. balroop2013 says:

    Loved your story, weaving around beautiful pictures of flowers Mary Ann. Enjoy the summer!

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  5. Tom says:

    I enjoyed reading your fun and poetic observations of the birds! Nature can provide lots of entertainment. So much activity this time of year too.

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    • Tom, thank you for such a nice comment. I agree that nature provides us entertainment if we but watch and listen. It sounds as if you also have much activity to enjoy. Have a great weekend! oxox


  6. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    The flowers are beautiful and we could spend hours watching birds and squirrels. We see a lot of them around us. But unfortunately sparrows are not to be seen now. God only knows what happened to them. Regards

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  7. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, this is wonderful and reads like a movie with the drama of birds battling for their homes. Hooray, you found a solution for them all and I hope they have happily moved in and that peace reigns. Wise Mrs Robin to seek shelter further away and wow, under such a beautiful hibiscus. It’s lovely to see the flowers from your garden and hope you have a lovely day. ps. I’ve just sent you a message on Twitter. x

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    • Annika, your lovely comment moved me. The birds definitely mind their own space in the beach plum tree. Our growing season is fleeting so I make certain to catch the beauty of our flowers, bushes and trees. I shall give a gander over to check out my other message. Be well and enjoy your summer weather. oxox

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