Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

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Finches try to take over…..

A beautiful day in Virginia. Sunshine, a slight breeze and comfortable temperatures. Our hummingbird feeder is ready for those cute little hummingbirds. The waiting game begins…. I peer outside like a child waiting for something spectacular to occur. My nose is sometimes pressed against the window and my breath makes fog appear on the window. Anticipating seeing my first hummingbird has filled my heart with excitement.
Then….. I notice… not hummingbirds. Someone else is drinking from the feeder and they have brought their family. Purple finches. Not one, but four purple finches. They are teaching the babies to drink from our hummingbird feeder. What? Those finches are trying to take over.
Quickly I open the back door to scare the finches away. That tactic only works for a few minutes. The purple finches are not afraid of me at all. They fly away and then return for more sugar water in the feeder.
How many times can I open and close the back door to try to show them the hummingbird feeder is for hummingbirds not finches?
Just as my patience begins to wear thin and the finches have flown away, I look outside and there, to my amazement, is a hummingbird. Not afraid of finches, this ruby throated hummingbird is there to stake claim to the feeder.
Sharing the feeder….. very special.
What would the world look like if we all would share our blessings with others? 🙂
Today and everyday, look around and see the blessings God provides.
Have a wonderful day,
Blessings and giggles,

  • Sandra Ardoin
    Posted at 13:11h, 23 May Reply

    I’d take finches any day over ants. Ick! Great encouragement to share and seek those blessings!

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 13:36h, 23 May Reply

    Such a cute story!

  • Carrie Fancett Pagels
    Posted at 14:03h, 23 May Reply

    I can’t do a hummingbird feeder because they attract bees etc. and I’m allergic to stings (I carry an EpiPen). I love finches and hummingbirds and that is so cool they shared like that! Hugs!

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  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 15:28h, 23 May Reply

    I’ve never seen finches on our hummie feeders, Mimi. As crazy as our hummers are, they’re probably scaring all of the birds away. 🙂 Enjoy the show!

  • June Foster
    Posted at 17:05h, 23 May Reply

    Melissa, what a cute story about the purple finches. They gotta eat too! (smile)

  • Carol
    Posted at 20:31h, 23 May Reply

    See the blessings and share the blessings. Thanks for the sharing.

  • Wendy L. Macdonald
    Posted at 21:33h, 23 May Reply

    Melissa, I’m glad you’ve chosen to delight in whomever alights on the feeder. 🙂 I happen to enjoy seeing finches as much as I enjoy spotting hummingbirds.
    Blessings from my garden to yours ~ Wendy <3

  • Janet from FL
    Posted at 13:25h, 27 May Reply

    We have tried several times to attract hummingbirds to our feeder, but we never have any luck. I think maybe in Florida they have too many real flower options. I would be glad to attract finches instead, but we get none of those either. On our sunflower seed feeder we get cardinals, wood peckers, and titmice mostly, and some wrens. They are fun to watch, and I love listening to bird songs.

  • Laura Bennet
    Posted at 22:32h, 28 May Reply

    I would love to see that! Here in Florida, it seems that a hummingbird is a rare sight. I’ve only seen one in 2 1/2 years! And I’ve never seen a purple finch! What fun. I think we might be kindred spirits. Thanks for following my blog. I hope you are enjoying the book. =)

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