In a little while I shall activate my plan.
Once our dear little darlings have settled themselves down nicely for their afternoon nap…
And when they are deeply into their 12th hour of sleep,
it is my intention to rush about,
jiggling their beds and baskets and blankets,
making loud noises, wielding a comb
possibly misting them with a spray gun.
Revenge will be sweet.
Patches and Toby. They are the chief scallywags.
The announcers of a new day.
Toby tugs on my hair while Patches cleans my face and investigates my ears…
while Lily paddles at the window:
“OUT! I got to go OUT!“
“Is that a problem?”
Winding my head in like a snail, I hide under my blanket.
But then, most days, Tinks decides to wake Sophia.
In her oh so subtle way…
While I know screams of :
are a slight overreaction,
the sound is hard on human ears
not to mention nerves.
Yeah. Right. Pigs may fly.
Meanwhile, Grant has a bone to pick with the feathered wake-up committee. He says he intends to locate their roost so he may play bagpipes beneath it at 2 am. He claims not to sleep, but he is never up at that hour and as we have no musical instruments of any kind, it’s an unlikely scenario.
“It says in the *rule book you have to feed me.”
“You’re a terrible mother!”
“Maybe I shouldn’t have said that.”
The starling babies are bigger than the adults and they are such brats:
“All they do is stomp around demanding!“
“Well, what would you do with them?”
“We better get our grub fast before they come back!”
I think these are the dads!
(Not really, both sexes feed the young.)
“Ah, a whole beak full, all for me!”
“Wait….what are you doing?”
“Shrinking by the second!”
“How ’bout you in there. You got any food?”
“Come on Sid, hurry up!”
“What are you squawking about. You had yours!”
“Stop chasing me! My kids are out of control! No respect. No manners.”
“Who can shout louder?”
“Not me. I was just standing here!”
“Yes darling. You’re a good little starling.”
*What it actually says in the rule book is that the fledglings are capable of feeding themselves and after a couple of days they should be!