A Cheeky Peep Show


Take a peek

Can you see what it is?

At first it was a scrabbling sound which made me pause to listen

Then it was a question mark which scratched inside my head

Then it was a thought about mice in the attic

Then it was a sigh about having to deal with mice in the attic

Then it was another thought

a thought which was a hope that it wasn’t mice in the attic but a bird skittering across the slate roof

perhaps chasing the mice away

Then it was a but

But that sound isn’t skittering it’s more like scraping

Then it was an it can’t be a pigeon

the usual bird suspects who clomp around on the roof and scrape off the moss

Then it was a get off your lazy chair and go look

Then it was a peering through blinds unable to see

Then it was a slowly raising of the blinds

Then it was a flash of movement to the right

Then it was the sound of a cheeky peep

I know that sound

Then it was the a scrabbling sound again

Then it was a scraping sound

Then it was a what on earth is it doing

to that part of the eaves which used to hang loose which I fixed in late summer

Then it was a moment of horror

I made sure nothing was living there first

Then it was a subsiding of horror

that’s the tit which nested in a different section of the eaves

and I waited until long after breeding season after everyone had fledged before fixing that too

Then it was another what is it doing

I’ll look it up later online

Then it was a grabbing of the camera and taking a photo without opening the window which might disturb it

And now it’s an it’s okay it found another hole which it made in the eaves right above the window

which I won’t fix this year or next

it is going to be warm for the Winter

and its cheeky peep show as it goes to the feeder and back will warm my heart


“If I stand here, I can see the Little Red Haired girl when she comes out of her house… Of course, if she sees me peeking around this tree, she’ll think I’m the dumbest person in the world… But if I don’t peek around the tree, I’ll never see her… Which means I probably AM the dumbest person in the world… which explains why I’m standing in a batch of poison oak.”
― Charles M. Schulz



2 thoughts on “A Cheeky Peep Show

  1. delightful and my visitor is a Flicker pecking holes all the way into the new addition on our retreat house. Requires metal to keep them out. James wanted to close them in, unhatched eggs and all, but I fought. He’s not a bad guy or anything. It’s just that they are eating HIS beautiful handiwork!


    • I can understand James’ reaction, especially since he worked hard to create a beautiful retreat and then along comes this pecker… and every peck is painful. What’s wrong with the trees!? Why must it be the house!

      We have a mole at the moment who is making a very intricate pattern on our lawn, we’re fine with it doing what moles do and our lawn is just a lawn, but every now and then there is the urge to scream – Enough already! Some of the mole hills are definitely more like mountains.

      On the flip side, I’m sure the birds and the beasts feel the same way about humans when we mess with their natural habitat.

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