Birds vs. Squirrels

The squirrels have staked out the old garden plot,
They found some old bird seed they like a whole lot.
Along came a bird who was keen for a snack,
But had to go hungry, afraid of attack.

The bird used his brain and he waited a while,
He gathered his buddies and kept a sharp eye.
When the squirrels were fewer, he said with a smile,
“With superior numbers we’ll now occupy!”

They circled around the mere two who remained,
And they clucked and they squawked and they made a big noise,
But the squirrels just sat, unimpressed, with great poise,
Stared them straight in the eye, as they calmly explained,

“We may just be two but, please, don’t be misled,
There are claws on our paws and sharp teeth in our head!
You can squawk with your voices and flap with your wings,
But we’re not afraid of such impotent things.”

Then the bird used his brain just a little bit more,
He said, “I know just how we can even the score!”
The birds flew away and the squirrels stood tall,
That is, until bird feces started to fall…

The squirrels had no choice but admit to defeat
Or they’d smell like they fell in a fowl septic tank,
The arrogant birds thought their win was replete,
But bird seed with excrement tastes slightly rank!

Postscript: Whenever greed and spite enter the picture, there are no winners, only losers.

An object lesson from the animal kingdom to the kingdoms of men.

Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.”

The Book of Proverbs Chapter 24, verse 29

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

The Letter to the Ephesians Chapter 4, verses 31 & 32

© Craig Sabin 2021 All rights reserved

8 thoughts on “Birds vs. Squirrels

  1. A great object lesson. I really liked your postscript: ” Whenever greed and spite enter the picture, there are no winners, only losers.” Blessings! 🌺

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  2. Craig, what a wonderful post with a memorable point (will not forget the bit about rank tastiness of birdseed with excrement!) Hope that you are keeping safe, warm and well. Blessings!!

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  3. Funny…Good observations Craig. Who ever said birds and animals don’t have a sense of humor. Like people they often outdo themselves. Our squirrels are hibernating through this cold snap. I fully expect to see some in a week or so when it gets into the 20’s during the days ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Gary. Yes, they are full of antics. Wow, you really are going through a snap. We’ve had a number of single digit nights but always seem to get up to teens and twenties in the days. Our squirrels are still out and active. God bless!

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  4. Thanks, Craig. A delightful post . As you describe, we can learn much from observing nature closely.

    I watch the rivalry between our Seagull buddy Scott, who is endlessly patient in waiting for a snack, and ‘Colin the Crow’, who also lives around here, but who is a real opportunist, and likes to swoop in out of nowhere to get the snack. 🤗⚘

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