Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Red's Troubles

Made by Theta: Theta's Art
Red, the woodpecker, was puzzled. It had been a hot summer’s day, and he was minding his own business, making a house, when an outrageous noise had come out of nowhere and drove him off.  He couldn’t understand. He hadn’t been bothering anyone. Still grumbling to himself, he landed on a tree in a park. He looked down on the paths. There were people jogging, walking their dogs, bicycling, etc.  It was busy, but he thought that because it was noisy nobody would notice if he drilled a hole in this tree for his family. So, he started drilling a hole in the tree. He was part way done when a park caretaker saw what was going on. Normally, it was okay for woodpeckers to build homes in the park trees. But that particular tree was rare and was having trouble growing in the environment. If it had too much damage it would die. So, the caretaker shooed Red away. This made Red even more upset. All he needed was a home for his family, but no one would let him build one! Squawking at the caretaker, he flew away and found a new tree in the yard of someone’s house. He started drilling incredibly quickly, so that he would be done before anyone noticed. Hearing the noise, a little boy came out of the house. He saw Red and ran back inside. He came out dragging his mother and pointing at the tree. She looked, and smiled. She and the boy went inside then came out with mealworms for Red to eat. Red watched them suspiciously as they placed them in a tray on the fence. They went back inside and watched through the window. Red completed the home for his family. He then flew down and took some of the worms to his nest to eat. He then left, and got his mate. She inspected the hole. Nodding agreeably, she went inside happy to find a gift of food. The next spring, there were three baby woodpeckers learning to fly in the yard.

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