#WDYS — If You Build It…

I wanted it to be a work of art. Not just any old bird house, but the equivalent of an opulent five star luxury hotel. And why not? My prospective occupants would be the crème de la crème of the feathered wing society. Nothing but the best for them.

I expected these magnificent birds to flock to my nest. But I was disappointed that, even after a few weeks, no fine feathered friends showed up. Where did I go wrong?

But imagine my surprise and delight when I woke up one morning, checked the nest, and found four eggs within it.

I took a picture of the eggs and sent them to an ornithologist friend of mine. He said that those eggs most likely belong to a common quail.

Common quail? Well, I’m going to be a great host, even if my feathered guests are mere commoners!


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Tivasee @ Pexels.

27 thoughts on “#WDYS — If You Build It…

  1. Sadje August 25, 2022 / 5:46 pm

    Gray story Fandango. I hope your guests are satisfied with your arrangements. Thanks for joining in

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  2. slmret August 25, 2022 / 8:30 pm

    I think a common quail is a guest fit for a mansion, even if its name does include the word ‘common’

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  3. donmatthewspoetry August 25, 2022 / 8:45 pm

    Did you wire it for music? ……and leave chocolates?…..this could be why you didn’t get the de la crème

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      • donmatthewspoetry August 26, 2022 / 3:08 am

        I could suggest the Gideon Bible but someone said high society birds are no religious. Another question for you Fan. Why do they put bibles in hotel room bedroom drawers ? I’ve never quite worked that one out. Is there a hidden Kama Sutra chapter I’ve missed? ‘The Gospel According to Kama’ perhaps? Knowing your not religious I might be asking the wrong person……..then again you could have an irreligious view….dunno

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        • Fandango August 26, 2022 / 7:23 am

          For the same reason they offer porn on pay per view on TV. Different strokes, I guess. (Do they still have porn on TV in hotel rooms? It’s been a while since I’ve spent the night in a hotel room.) If so, I bet more people watch porn than read the Bibles in the drawers

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          • Marleen August 26, 2022 / 2:52 pm

            Yeah, it might be for the same reason. A state that outlawed any books in schools with references to certain behaviors or ideas led, to the law drafters’ chagrin, to bibles having to be removed. I’d guess they never took whatever version of such a book out of said drawers.

            I propose that we replace all bibles with this writing:

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong August 25, 2022 / 9:39 pm

    Quails are lovely birds. I’m told they also make very good eating, especially the eggs. Used a lot with Japanese food.

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    • Fandango August 25, 2022 / 10:17 pm

      I’ve never eaten quail or quail eggs.

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  5. Nope, Not Pam August 26, 2022 / 4:24 am

    What a great piece, it made me smile and no, you can’t eat the eggs, you’re the grandpop

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    • Marleen August 26, 2022 / 9:42 am

      I was surprised to find out some people consider that (squab) a “delicacy.” Most people are anywhere from surprised to grossed out.

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  6. Marleen August 26, 2022 / 9:40 am

    What a delightful story (and picture).

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