Birds


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less familiar than enduring

the impression left by a Great Egret

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a fisher                                            fathoms                                       the creek’s promise

 

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lucky glance             where others pass            a palm warbler            under lifted fence

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casting out from a perch to catch a fly and return — an Eastern Phoebe.

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basking on your porch cement

a sunny young goldfinch

met the cool near summer’s end

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Constantly time and space align in ways we occasionally recognize:
through bare limbs before spring leaves–
a pileated woodpecker feeds from a dying tree snag

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Spring sun —                             light come to life                            in every limb

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rainy and gray
silhouetting day
up hops a yellow-bellied sapsucker

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an eastern towhee
emerges from leaf litter shade
in the drizzling rain

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wood thrush, little crum creek, pa

For a week in May, a visitor’s song from the trees
is all that gave the wood thrush away. Nothing to do, then, but listen,
and wait, and spot its landing to feed on invertebrates.

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