Birds


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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For a few weeks in spring, some species of birds
appear just briefly in our frequented spaces. As Little Crum Creek swells with rain,
the black and white warbler comes and goes with May.

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Already, down by the creek, Japanese knotweed obscures a view
of the green heron’s usual work.

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That’s why it’s a special treat to spy one up in the trees
casting a gaze across its fishing bill.

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