Monday, May 12, 2008

Nani J. Cootsack: The Bird Whisperer

It's Spring at the Tricky Trail!

Right on Nani's front stoop, a deadbeat cowbird laid her egg in a finch nest and bolted, leaving Mama Finch to incubate another where 5 or 6 eggs already lay.

The cowbird is the only parasitic bird in Georgia; my parents upon hearing the story related this species to liberals leaching off conservatives (I could hear Bill O'Reilly commanding them in the background).

Anyway, as you'll see in the springtime miracle contained in the video below, Nani has a hidden talent: speaking the language of baby birds. Nani believes he ascertained this skill in sophomore-year biology when "Krumps" made his pupils practice calls of the feathered inhabitants of northern Kentucky.

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee, chick-a-dee-dee-dee...

The skill must transcend regions, or, more likely, Nani may just be The Bird Whisperer.

Now that Nani has found his calling, Nani plans to chew up bird seed on a regular basis, let the magic of his oral enzymes break it down into a mush, and then slowly and lovingly drool mouthfuls of nourishment into the desperately opened beak of the cowbird youngster.

In recompense, the cowbird will be forced to live out its days perched upon Nani's shoulder spying for life's pitfalls.

One can't be too careful on the tricky trail.

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