The birds quickly forgave me and flocked to the food. I knew in moment, they'd lost their foul mood.
Cardinals and grosbeaks and nuthatches, too, were first to arrive at my backyard bird zoo.
The sunflower seed disappeared with great speed. I smiled contently, I'd fixed my misdeed.
Then finches and siskins sought the feeder with thistle. They flew so intently, each looked like a missile.
Soon sparrows and juncos ventured onto the tray, hungrily joining the late breakfast fray.
Even the water dish pulled in a crowd, the titmice and chickadees were certainly loud.
When woodpeckers finally found the fresh suet, we were completely forgiven, the whole family knew it.
I began to feel better, I'd made up for my goof, when suddenly a voice caught my ear from the roof. (You may not believe this, but I swear it's the truth.) From a perch at the top, sang a sassy blue jay, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good day!"
Send questions and comments to Dr. Scott Shalaway, 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 or via my website, http://scottshalaway.googlepages.com.