The More the Merrier

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Just a very short story about a bird named Glide.

Hello, I am your narrator for this little tale, and I would like for you to meet, Glide, she's our resident bird of pray and local rabbit population adjuster; (see picture above).

Glide was first noticed in the neighborhood about two years ago, give or take a season.

And I must say that Glide is one fussy and somewhat meticulous bird. She likes her feathers well groomed and her nest in an orderly condition at all times; well, orderly in a bird sort of way. But more than anything else, she likes clean talons.



Our resident rabbit population has grown quite large after a wildfire passed through the area. The fire drove off the coyotes and they headed to safer pastures.

No coyotes meant happy breading grounds for our furry, long eared, friends. Well, friends is not exactly the term I would use regarding these garden gutting, flower eating, and plant munching critters, but my wife thinks they are cute so we'll stick with "friends" for now.


I have to admit that I was hesitant to embrace the idea of having such a large winged predator so close to back yards that corral small dogs.

The loss of cats is not a problem because no-one lets their cats out of the house while living next to a wilderness sanctuary; it's an unwritten rule learned the hard way by a few.

Anyway, after Glide moved into the area, the neighbors and I have noticed an increase in vegetation growing in gardens and along walkways; even my succulents are beginning to reappear.

So, this Spring has brought forth an abundance of color that we have not known in years; it's a joyous occasion, to be sure.

However, this flowering bounty does not come without cost, no, we must pay the piper.

As seen in the photograph, Glide inadvertently demanded and has been given her very own ground mounted "Talon Cleansing Pool." Without it she tends to destroy most of the smaller bird-baths in the neighborhood.

Keeping her talons clean is a must, you know. And her new pool is just large enough for the occasional bath.

But, alas, I fear we will need a larger pool, or possibly more than one.

You see, Glide has been fluttering around the area with another eagle, and some are saying that she has been feathering her nest after doing so.

But hay, the more eagles the merrier in rabbit-town. After all, I'm not the one to split hares.



JE Falcon


Submitted: January 24, 2021

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Serge Wlodarski

Nice picture. Coexisting with nature is essential but there is a price.

Our brain waves must have crossed, the story I'm writing begins with a reference to the bears and elk that frequent my neighborhood.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 10:14am


Thanks Serge. ... Eagles, bears and elk, Oh My! - LOL
Actually, we have no Eagles in the area, the picture prompted the story, so Eagles it was. We do have the everything else mentioned in the story, including Road Runners in Spring and summer, and Tarantulas looking for mates in August/September. We used to have a Bob-cat, for awhile, but animal control relocated him/her (?) I wish they would relocated the rabbits.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 3:57pm

Joe Stuart

Ha-ha. Good story, JEF. I don't think Hully would like it though. She is fond of bunnies and other little creatures.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 8:30pm


Thanks Joe. ... As far a bunnies go, Yes, me too. But when numbers grow, nature seems to make adjustments on it's own.

Sun, January 24th, 2021 3:44pm

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