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FF – Welcome Visitor

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Douglas M. MacIlroy.


“Oh, man, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay cooped up in…”

“Shh! Look!”

“Wow, a little bird! Shh, don’t scare him.”

“He’s just going about his business. Doesn’t know about the problems of humans.”

“Let’s get a little closer!”


“Able still to explore the world while we’re isolating.”

“Amazing, huh? Look at his beautiful feathers!”

“Yep. Aw, during all this and then this amazing thing happens. Takes your breath away.”

“It does. Now, carefully…”

Click. BANG! Squaaaaawk. Thud.

“We may be out of toilet paper, but we’ll eat well tonight! Roast budgie, sparrow, whatever!”



  1. April 1, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Yum… sparrows are delicious… with garlic and lemon.


  2. April 1, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    That’s a couple of birds that have been sacrificed for our survival this week already! We’re a selfish species for sure! 😉


    • April 2, 2020 at 4:40 am

      Well, look at it, just sitting there looking all plump and delicious 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. April 1, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    It’s a Finch. I don’t know what you call them there, but here, that would be a wintertime Goldfinch. Not much eating on that little bird, I’m afraid.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 1, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      I would say a chaffinch, so a bit more meat than a goldfinch!

      Liked by 1 person

    • April 2, 2020 at 5:05 am

      We call them finches too. I’m not good at identifying birds, so neither is my protagonist!
      No, he is a bit tiny.


  4. April 1, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Oh, dear! I hope I don’t have to resort to hunting my own food. And I have no idea how to make toilet paper either 😀


  5. April 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    At this rate, there’ll be no wildlife left!


  6. April 1, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    That’s what you call fast food 🙂 Nice one.


  7. April 1, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    That’s one way to avoid going to the supermarket.


  8. April 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    I did not see that coming at all. Great twist!


  9. April 1, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Split my sides. hahahha! I sincerely hope these guys ARE NOT my neighbors. I carefully feed my fine feathered friends. I don’t want the picked, plucked, and pressure-cooked (or grilled… which sounds tastier?) Loved it!


    • April 2, 2020 at 5:19 am

      You feed ’em up ready for your neighbours’ oven… I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. April 1, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    You shoot a bird that small, you’ll be scraping the pieces off of the ground. Mincemeat with grit, yum!


  11. April 2, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Let nothing go to waste… I’ll bet you can wipe with feathers….


    • April 3, 2020 at 4:24 am

      And the beak makes an ideal toothpick…


  12. April 2, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Oh no, they didn’t! I don’t think I’d ever get desperate enough to kill and eat something so delicate and beautiful. At least, I hope not!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • April 3, 2020 at 4:26 am

      Oh yes they did!
      Me neither… one sec, bunny rabbit!… BLAM… mmm, tasty,… where was I? Oh yes,… I’d never do that 🙂


  13. April 2, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Poor bird. I suppose it it’s a matter of dire survival…still…Air fryers are great for cooking fowl.




    • April 3, 2020 at 4:37 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I think they have herbs, spices and a blowtorch. I’m sure that counts as “air frying”!


  14. April 2, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    good luck. the bird could be carrying a virus. 🙂


  15. April 2, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    My goodness, things are getting bad – out of toilet paper already and eating sparrows. I liked the black comedy around this; topical and seriously funny.


    • April 3, 2020 at 4:45 am

      They seem to have forgotten they’re allowed out to buy essentials. I guess it’s more fun this way!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. April 3, 2020 at 12:10 am

    That’s two of you who have eaten the poor bird!


  17. April 3, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Yikes, I hope lockdown doesn’t go on long enough to make us that desperate!


    • April 3, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Me too. I don’t own a gun, or even a bow and arrow 🙂


  18. April 3, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I cooked pigeon this week, Yummie. Poached it with garlic and some veggies, then added rice and turned it into a risotto. Eating it now while reading this. Eating and enjoying this story doesn’t get better than this. Well penned. 🙂


    • April 4, 2020 at 4:52 am

      If only my protagonists had all those lovely ingredients!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. April 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Aww, you shot Tweety-Pie! How could you?


    • April 4, 2020 at 4:48 am

      Needs must when you’re feeling a little peckish 🙂


  20. April 3, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, no, we have to share, Draliman😸Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞


    • April 4, 2020 at 4:56 am

      Your favourite meal, Binky 🙂
      You all stay safe too!


  21. gillyflower
    April 3, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Not much on them thar drumsticks.


  22. April 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    This made me laugh, Ali, but I’m still baffled by the TP situation


    • April 4, 2020 at 5:02 am

      Yeah, me too. There’s even people now “stealing” TP out of people’s trolleys at the supermarket. I guess times like this bring out people’s true nature…
      I’m glad you liked the story!


  23. April 4, 2020 at 9:57 am

    A great big splat of an ending, cruel but delicious. Well done.


  24. April 4, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Great minds think alike!


    • April 4, 2020 at 10:37 am

      Yep, though my guys weren’t as patient as your poetic protagonist!


  25. April 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Found the end of your tale a bit squirmy ! bean burgher any-one ?


    • April 5, 2020 at 5:31 am

      These guys are all about the meat… 🙂


  26. April 5, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Might need to bring out that slow cooker…
    This story amuses me.


  27. April 5, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Not much on a sparrow, but fabulous with spiders legs


  28. April 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    This better be fiction! 😲


  29. April 5, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    One sparrow for at least two people? I wonder how that’s going to go over 🙂


    • April 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

      Maybe they’re hoping his mate will come looking for him 🙂 Ooh, I feel sad for him now 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  30. April 7, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I’m afraid to the city birds are nothing but skin and bones soon, though…. Maybe they’ll be coming for us.


    • April 8, 2020 at 4:50 am

      Good point – maybe we better keep our windows closed!


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