Pigs can fly!!!! But they are tiny little pigs with wing—- a.k.a. known as juncoes and nuthatches.
These itty – bitty winter birds are settling in for the winter season and are defending their perceived territory on our deck which I keep stocked with their favorite seeds and other bird foods.
They are not willing to be nice to each other at all…they act like nasty people..humans who are greedy and self centered.
A little nuthatch crouches down with his sharp beak pushed forward as he makes his charge toward other birds that he wants to chase away from the food source.
Fiesty little gray backed juncoes challenge each other for food even though there is plenty for all of them.
All the birdies think they are the ONLY birdies and they want the food to themselves, exclusively.
It is fascinating to watch their fights and spats and hissy fits.
They will not change—-aggression must be inbred in most bird species if the behavior at the feeders is any indication.

“If Pigs Could Fly and other Deep Thoughts” is the title of a childrens’ poetry book by Bruce Lansky. I once heard him conduct a Poetry Slam with kids at Barnes and Noble in Fargo and he knows how to entertain kids and make them fall in love with his funny, funny poems that often lead to a deeper love for other poetry.
Here is one titled

If pigs could fly around in space,
The world would be a stinky place.
To go outside you’d have to bring
your piggy pooper scooper thing.

His poem is very honest!

And one more from this book:


If I cooked hot lunch for my teacher
I would start out with rattlesnake stew
Then I’d serve her a centipede salad,
And a tall glass of milk mixed with glue.

Next, a seaweed and jellyfish sandwich,
For dessert an A-Chooberry Pie.
When she finally finds out what she’s eaten,
I hope the old bat doesn’t die.

You can see why kids double over and fall on their sides laughing at Bruce Lansky’s funny, funny poems.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!