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Hello, my name is Auntie Arlene. I will share with you different stories from my life. Some of them are quite amazing. My life has been rich with adventures. I have traveled this road for a very long time. It all began in a little house in the countryside. But the path has taken me to far away places. Will you join me on this journey? You will learn a lot about other people and places around this world. Are you ready? It will be a fun trip. So let's get started. [mp3]


雀粮 The Bird Feeder

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One of my favorite places to sit is on our sun porch. The porch overlooks our flower garden and large yard filled with trees. The trees provide the shade to cool us on hot summer days, and in the winter the branches break up the weariness of a cold snowy landscape. Every season is beautiful in our yard. The thing I enjoy the most is watching the variety of birds that visit the feeder. We keep it filled with fresh seeds and we are rewarded as they eat. It is interesting to note that birds share the seeds, but it is even more interesting to watch how they do it.


The first guests are the Cardinals. The female's feathers are brown with a little red. The male Cardinal is bright red with a black mask. Both have yellow beaks and their feathers come to a crest (or point) on the top of their head. They are a delight to watch because they are so colorful. One day, the female sat on a branch above the feeder and several times the male got some seeds and took them to her and put them into her beak. It looked like he was giving her a kiss. It was a very special moment for me.


The Cardinals are married for life and very territorial. This is their yard so don't even think about making it yours. There are two pairs of Cardinals in our area and they are not always so friendly towards each other. One day, I watched as one male chased the other male through the air - they were flying so fast, one trying to get away from the other. They both hit my window and were stunned silly for a while. I think they learned a big lesson.


The Cardinals are about finished with their breakfast and soon a pair of Cow Birds pushes the Cardinals off the feeder. Isn't Cow Bird a funny name? They don't look like cows, with four legs; they look like birds, with two. The female is a dull gray color but the male has shiny black feathers with a brown head. There are several pairs of these Cow Birds and they protect one another. They come every day, but blue Indigo Bunting visits only a few times a week. Sometimes it gets a little crowded at our bird feeder. However, all of the birds fly away when the Redheaded Woodpecker comes to eat, because he is much bigger and frightens them. He especially likes the sunflower seeds.


Vocabulary:
Territorial - Relating to an area that an animal or person tries to control or thinks belongs to them.
Stunned - Very shocked or surprised.

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