Warblers

In my area warblers appear

for no more than five weeks

and wow what a colorful show they put on

so what I’d like to know is

where do they vacation the rest of the year?

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The Shrike Tree

There’s a tree in the middle of a field I call the Shrike Tree

as often that is where those littlest of predatory songbirds I see.

The first time today I passed by that tree it was strike one

as there were none

and the second time is was strike two

but the third time is was shrike three.

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The Craven Raven

I saw a pair of tiny house finch

after a raven tried to invade its nest

without a flinch

gave chase to that much larger cawing and cawing bird

which proved not to be a brave one

but showed itself to be extremely craven

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All Day I’ve been Birding so…

All day I’ve been birding

so no birdy wording

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The Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is the most colorful bird I ever saw

as I experienced them with jaw dropped awe

but to get a perched picture is pretty darn hard

so gorgeous Scarlet

at least for one time

couldn’t you please pose like a gorgeous starlet?

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Manakins

A Manakin performs a ritualistic mating dance in their lek

hoping with any luck

to attract a female-akin

who will choose only them

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The Green Bee-Eater

If I were a Green Bee-Eater

at certain uncertain times

I’d give serious thought

to being

an Unseen Bee-Retreater

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The Dodo Bird

I give you my word

I’d want to be extinct too

if my name was Dodo Bird

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Avian Discrimination

Humans label birds in such nasty ways

saying

cuckoo like a cuckoo

or

you’re such a jerky turkey

or

crazier than a loon

so to those people

this is what I have to say:

Your ancestors were big fat baboons

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Masked Ducks

Why are they called Masked Ducks?

I don’t know

so you should ask it

but only if you’re lucky enough to see one or more

in Mexico through South America

but definitely not Alaska or Nebraska.

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