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The Killdeer

The loud and active killdeer

is obviously not a deer

nor a dog

but rather a plover

so now you know

never call them Rover.

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The Male Vermilion Flycatcher

Brilliant red underneath

with a black mask

as gorgeous a bird you could ever ask for,

the male vermilion flycatcher

without fail

is a real eye catcher.

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The Black Phoebe

Typically seen on a low perch near ponds, lakes, streams, creeks, or rivers,

spying for its next meal

this flycatcher known as a Black Phoebe

not only must give the nearby insects the quivers

but also the heebie-jeebies.

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The European Starling

So common

these Europeans

are often viewed as birdy peons.

Loud, pesty, messy, and aggressive

they may not be little darlings

but displaying a glorious purple and green iridescense

along with a bright yellow bill

and bold white dotting on its body

these starlings are certainly startling.

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The Boobies

High power binoculared I obsessively voyaged far to view a booby,

but no voyeur is me.

Not one but two did I see

the Blue-Footed and Brown

when I went out to sea.

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The Northern Cardinal

If you’ve ever heard and seen this brilliantly lovely and lively bird,

you’d have to think it’s a cardinal sin

only in seven that it’s the state bird in.

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The Unviewed Blue Mockingbird

A skulker with a beautiful blue hue

If you want to get a mockingbird view

make sure you don’t say a word

or worse yet go hachoo

otherwise you’ll be a viewless sulker.

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The Clay-Colored Thrush

While plentiful it certainly is not beautiful.

No Quetzal,

it’s colors are decidedly not resplendent.

No Hummingbird.

it’s not behaviorally magnificient.

No Macaw,

it’s not worthy of awe.

Annoyingly singing and singing and singing,

never going hush,

to name that thrush Costa Rica’s national bird

they really must have been in a rush.

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The Resplendant Quetzal

It doesn’t seem fair

but rather foul

that the Resplendant Quetzal

who may be the loveliest bird of all

rhymes with mescal and pretzel.

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The Black-Chinned Hummingbird

When heard zipping by I lurched and spinned.

Yet flight unseen was I chagrinned!

However once perched then viewed I grinned

at that diminutive Black-Chinned.

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