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Meet Gertie, the Merlin Falcon

All sorts of things happen to our wandering friend Thom Gnome in yesterday’s April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, “Thom and the Trumpeter“. Here is a little excerpt…

From April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, "Thom and the Trumpeter". Listen at aprileight.com or on iTunes. aprileight.com/2016/07/05/thom-and-the-trumpeter/

Gertie flew down to sit on a low branch right next to Thom.

What’s your name, boy?”

“Thom, Thom Gnome.”

Gertie smiled a falcon smile at Thom. “Well, maybe I can help you on your journey, Thom Gnome. Here you go. Take this feather from me.” Gertie put a sleek striped feather into Thom’s hand.

“If you find yourself in need, just hold my falcon’s feather in both of your hands and say my name three times. I’ll help you if I can.”  She nodded. “And take this advice, too. Follow your instincts and your heart. Only these will ever lead you to where you want to go.”

Thom held Gertie’s gold and brown feather up to the light of the setting sun. He didn’t know what to say. “Thank you, Gertie,” was all he could think of.

She nodded her falcon head at him. “And don’t be afraid, my boy. You are stronger than you know.”

Gertie flew off before he could answer. Thom set off again along…

Listen to the whole story.

Merlin falcons are real birds that live in Ohio, just like me. I’ve met a few recently, to my great delight. They are smaller than most falcons but that just makes me like them more. I discovered merlin falcons when I was researching local hawks and falcons for a novel I’m writing. (I can’t really say  anything about that or I’ll get too excited and won’t be able to talk about anything else!) All I can say is, there is a merlin falcon in this story and that story too.

What is the difference between a falcon and a hawk? Well, falcons catch their prey in their beaks and hawks use their sharp claws called talons for their hunting. Now you know.

Gertie is in yesterday’s tale “Thom and the Trumpeter“. And oh that trumpeter! He is so noisy! If you haven’t heard “Thom and the Golden Butterfly” yet, well, tune in. That is the first story about our wandering gnome on a wonderful adventure to find the Golden Butterfly. You don’t wanna miss out on it! You can listen here or on iTunes too. And, word on the street is you don’t need a kid in the car to enjoy the story.

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