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The Collared Plover

Over and over again I searched to see a Collared Plover.

Finally, once I saw one I got so excited,

but immediately he flew away.

I guess I shouldn’t have hollared, and hollared and hollared.

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The Pelican (by Dixon Lanier Merritt)

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican. 

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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 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 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 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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The Chickadee

For one second you may see a lovely little chubby Chickadee,

then quickadee you don’t.

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The Great Kiskadee

The Kiskadees have a trait

in which repeatedly they call kis-ka-dee, kis-ka-dee, kis-ka-dee

So now you know why they are great.

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Snowy Egrets

The showy Snowy Egrets

patiently wait on rocks

while stalking their prey.

Then they make their move,

either ending up with a fish

or becoming full of regrets.

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The Penguin

If only they could grin

or not

you’d be able to tell

if a penguin

was sanguine

or

chagrined.

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