Catching Birds With Grandpa

by Duane Boyd
(Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA)

Bird-catching grandpa with his oldest great-grandson

Bird-catching grandpa with his oldest great-grandson

One of my earliest memories that I have of my grandpa was catching birds in his cattle barn. There is no moral to the story, but it is special because this is the first time that I can remember spending time with my grandpa.

I must have been four or five years old.

These were just ordinary birds and we let them go immediately after catching them. Grandpa had made a simple two foot by two foot wood frame with chicken wire covering the entire four square foot area.

We propped up the frame with a 6-8 inch stick. Tied to this stick was long string that we used to pull the stick out from under the wood-framed bird trap.

At the opposite end of the string was grandpa and I waited
for the the birds to go into our trap. They'd go in for the grain, or whatever it was that we sprinkled under there.

I just remember being impressed with how easy it was to catch those birds. And, of course, I was impressed at what a genius my grandpa was.

I was fortunate to have my grandpa around for approximately the next 30 years or so, before he passed away in the year 2000.

Those were wonderful years...years that I will never forget.

Comments for Catching Birds With Grandpa

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Oct 27, 2008
A Moving Story
by: Anonymous

I really enjoyed this moving story about your grandpa.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Father and Grandfather Stories.

Please Share This Page with Your Friends on Facebook

Site Search

"A 321-Page Downloadable Fill-in-the-Blank Life Story Workbook"

1001 Things about Your Life That Your Kids Will Want to Know Someday, but Won't Think to Ask.

Download it and Start Filling in the Blanks!

Recent Articles

  1. Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

    Apr 13, 16 03:35 AM

    This book just released today, April 12th, 2016. It sounds like a very good book for "discovering creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive." I am looking forward to receivin…

    Read More

  2. Preserve Family Memories - 2015 Family Year in Review

    Dec 31, 15 03:59 AM

    Preserving Family Memories. A Year in Review: Preserve memories of you and your family over the past year

    Read More