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No Birding Today

Let me explain-

Rain, rain, rain…

Drives me insane, insane, insane…

it’s such a pain, pain, pain…

So all I do is complain, complain, complain…

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The Woodpecker

Peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck. peck…

You’d think they’d just end up with a pain in the neck

but

Lo and behold,

a little round hole.

What the heck,

now they have a home in a telephone pole.

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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 American Kestral

The American Kestral is celestial

so for its prey

wherever they may dwell

it’s dangerously more than a pestral.

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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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