Posts Tagged With: travel

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 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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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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Antbirds

Unless they’re following army ant swarms

and devouring different little life forms

for a birder to see them

they pretty much become can’tbirds

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Cuckoos

If you’re cuckoo about cuckoos

whether they’re lesser or greater

you’ll think roadrunners

are real stunners

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The Kingfisher

Kingfishers are colorful whimsical-looking fish diving birds

be they Belted, Green, Ringed, Amazon or Pygmy

but if they are all Kings in name

does that mean their sex is the same?

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Flycatchers

Belonging to the largest bird family worldwide

I don’t mean to be snide

but why is it that most flycatchers aren’t eyecatchers?

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Toucans

Two toucans can do what a fewcan

but not nearly as much as a slewcan.

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The Bobolink

Slink, slink, slinkĀ  near the field I quietly moved to see my first bobolink.

Blink, blink, blink I missed seeing the fast moving bobolink.

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