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Bird Calling



Bird Calling
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.11

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bird-lover, black-beaked, kerchief, applicable, unimpressed, world-renowned, eye-watering, groused, momentous, enthrall, iridescent, sketchbook, devotion, passion, authority, transaction
     content words:    All Things Wild, Purple-crested Turaco


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Bird Calling
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     I went to the mall with my debit card. After weeks of depositing my babysitting money into my checking account, it was time to splurge! I strode the length of the mall to reach my favorite store, All Things Wild and Woolly. I carefully studied all items applicable to my interests. I made my choice, and the cashier rang up my purchase. When the transaction was complete, I was the proud owner of a CD of authentic bird calls!
 
2     Birds enthrall me. Eventually I hope to be a world-renowned authority on birds. I'll call myself the Bird Hunter and have my own TV show just like the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, had had! I study plumage, natural habitats, bird songs, feeding patterns, and the mating and nesting habits of all kinds of birds. I gratify my passion for birds once a month with a trip to that store! In the spring, I had bought a hummingbird feeder to hang outside my bedroom window. I watched sparrows, cardinals, and purple martins fly past it for days until that momentous occasion when a quick little bird darted to the feeder and feasted on the nectar! All summer I had enjoyed watching the tiny, colorful birds dart back and forth from my feeder.
 
3     Last year I met another bird-lover. I discovered Jade at the state zoo's exotic bird exhibit. She was crouched with a sketchbook in her hand opposite the purple-crested turaco - a black-beaked bird from Africa with crimson flight feathers on its wings, a green and blue body, and an iridescent head with a tuft of purple on top. She wore a watermelon print kerchief embellished with beaded fringe, and when I complimented her on it, she confessed that it was a remnant from the fabric used to make a dress for her baby sister! I liked her right away. She is a wildlife artist, and birds are her specialty.
 
4     It turned out that we're from different counties. We may be separated by distance, but e-mail, instant messaging, and Facetime allow us to maintain close contact. Every so often we're able to schedule a trip to get together.
 
5     Last weekend we arranged to meet at the closest state park to do a little bird-watching. On the way there, I listened to my CD of bird calls. I hoped to impress Jade with some realistic bird calls to which the birds would respond. Our mothers had a cordial meeting, and we left them at the picnic area. We were fortunate that they had humored our devotion to our feathered friends. I think Mom was simply glad to be relieved of my bird talk for a few hours! Jade and I followed a trail that led to some rugged boulders. We crawled up to sit on the top. I strained my ears for sounds of any birds present in the forest. Soon I detected a faint honking sound. As it grew louder, we looked up.

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