Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

7/19/14

So many birds around this year – the sound of their singing fills the air, even in the wee hours of the morning. An odd thing happened the other day. I was in kitchen when suddenly a woodpecker began hammering away at the outside of the house. I went out on the deck to request that it cease & desist. It immediately flew into a nearby tree. As long as I was out there, I went to the end of the deck to see the swallow nest that had recently been built despite our attempts to keep that from happening.

As I walked back toward the door, a woodpecker abruptly landed with a thud near my feet. It was blinking so I scooped it up. It didn’t appear to be hurt, but it attached itself securely to my finger with its feet. I managed to detach it & place it on the railing of the deck, talking soothingly to it all the time, of course. Strange as it may seem, I have done this many times & most often the birds revive themselves & fly away. I told it that God knows every sparrow the falls, so He must know every woodpecker as well. Then I returned to the house. A half hour later it was still on the railing, but was more upright & looking a bit more alert. The next time I checked, it was gone. A few days later it was again pecking at the house!

If you are interested in a light breakfast or a lunch of delicious homemade comfort food, stop at the Wilder House located at the Notch. They are open from 9:00 – 4:00, 7 days per week! For those who didn’t see the notice, the Select Board will next meet on Monday, 7/28, at 6:00 PM instead of 7/ 21.

Don’t forget the Blessing of the Animals at Tyson Church on Sun, 7/27 at noon. Please leash or use a carrier & remember that a picture may be utilized if your pet is not easily or comfortably transported. Call the church at 228-4770 if you have questions & someone will get back to you.

Well, how did I miss Josie Flaster’s 2nd birthday on 7/2 – congratulations to this talkative little girl! On the end of the spectrum of life, please note the passing of Carmen Stillings, Liza Ward’s sister & Melissa Moore’s mom. Also several weeks ago Bill Calkins, affectionately known to many in town as the “Captain”, father of Willow Bascom, also passed away. Please remember these families in your thoughts & prayers.

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