About the harsh winter storm
This story tells what happened to the animals and birds after the harsh winter storm. This dreadful and harsh winter storm had imprisoned the forest residents.
During the storm, all of the birds and animals living in the Green Forest, the Green Meadows, and the Old Orchard prisoners were locked into their homes and shelters.
The animals and birds knew that the storm wouldn’t last forever. That was the only hope that kept some of them alive.
The harsh winter storm caused the birds and animals to starve
The harsh winter storm caused the animals and birds to starve. Like them, we would be very hungry if we had to go without food for two entire days. However, as humans, we might be safe if we were snug and warm.
It was a very different matter for our tiny wild friends who live in the forest. The greatest concerns relate to the little feathered folks.
You see, birds are naturally very active and need to fill their stomachs very often. They need to eat often in order to supply their little bodies with heat and energy.
When their food supply is cut off, birds either starve or freeze to death in a very short time. Many little lives are ended this way in every long, hard winter storm.
This is why it is important to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts. Whenever it rains, one can look forward to the sunshine again.
The joys and the sunshine that make us glad;
The worries and troubles that make us sad
Must come to an end; so why complain
Of too little sun or too much rain?
—Old Granny Fox.
The harsh winter storm finally ended
It was late in the afternoon of the second day of the harsh winter storm. Rough Brother North Wind finally decided that he had shown his strength and fierceness long enough.
Rumbling and grumbling, Brother North Wind retired from the Green Meadows and the Green Forest. He blew away the snow clouds in his path.
Happy, round, red Mr. Sun smiled down on the white land for just a little while before bedtime. Mr. Sun peep out from behind the Purple Hills, and all of the animals and birds were delighted to see him.
All of the little prisoners hurried out of their shelters. They needed to take the opportunity to get food before the cold night arrived.
The birds found food after the harsh winter storm
Little Tommy Tit the Chickadee was so weak that he could hardly fly. His tiny body shook with chills. He headed straight for the apple tree.
Farmer Brown’s son always kept seeds there for Tommy and his friends. Drummer the Woodpecker had already arrived.
The feathered folk had a law of politeness that newcomers always waited their turn if they ket another bird eating.
“Dee, dee, dee!” said Tommy Tit faintly but cheerfully. Tommy Tit was always cheerful.
“Dee, dee, dee! That looks good to me.”
“It is good,” mumbled Drummer, as he ate greedily.
“Come on, Tommy Tit. Don’t wait for me, for I won’t be through for a long time. I’m nearly starved, and I guess you must be.”
Tommy Tit flew over to Drummer and replied:
“I am starving. Thank you for not making me wait.”
“Don’t mention it,” replied Drummer, with his mouth full. “This is no time for politeness. Here comes Yank Yank the Nuthatch. I guess there is room for him too.”
Other birds came to eat too
The birds promptly invited Yank Yank the Nuthatch to join them. He did so after apologizing for appearing to be greedy:
“I would certainly freeze to death before morning if I don’t eat,” said Yank Yank.
Yank Yank continued gratefully:
It took all my strength to get over here. I feel like a new bird already!”
Yank Yank reported that Sammy Jay was coming and wondered out loud if he would try to drive them away.
Sammy did nothing of the kind. He was very meek and polite as he asked:
“Can you make room for me to get a bite?” he asked. “I’m starving and can’t last another night without food.”
Tommy Tit moved over to give Sammy room and replied:
“Dee, dee, dee! There’s always room for one more. Wasn’t that a dreadful storm?”
“It was the worse storm I ever knew,” mumbled Sammy in reply. “I wonder if I ever will be warm again.”
None of the birds spoke again until their stomachs were full. Meanwhile Chatterer the Red Squirrel had discovered that the storm was over.
As he floundered through the snow to another apple tree he saw Tommy Tit and his friends. He rejoiced to know that they had food to eat.
His own troubles were at an end, for he had corn hidden away in the apple tree that he was headed towards.