poetry and prose about place

feeding the neighborhood

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I have started up the bird feeder and already the mammals are nudging out the birds. 

Our first visitor to the feeder was a fat grey squirrel who performed some amusing acrobatics to enjoy ‘his’ sunflower seeds.

This year, I think I’ll keep a list of the marauders, who may outnumber the birds.


apples in the snow

she pauses, one foot poised

a lever beneath her, one hoof ready

to push off and fly

tail to flag her departure

tucked, ears up


everything still

the snow, the trees, the feeder

not caught in chickadee momentum, land

and shove away  


three  apples

at the edge of deep-freeze

draw her forward


©  Jane Tims  2011

Written by jane tims

December 19, 2011 at 6:29 am

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  1. It is interesting how the birds can be marginalized by some of the ‘hangers on’. It’s all fun to watch, though- and deer at a feeder are always a treat!


    Watching Seasons

    December 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    • Hi Tracy! We are keeping a log of our vistors this year. We have fewer deer than in past years… one year there were seventeen deer who went by every few days. Jane


      jane tims

      December 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

  2. I love squirrels and chipmunks as much as I love birds – my inclination would be to try to feed them all, little charmers! But deer are nearest and dearest to my heart and your poem and drawing simply took my breath away…


    Barbara Rodgers

    December 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I agree.. I like feeding them all. I’m glad you liked the poem and drawing. Jane


      jane tims

      December 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

  3. Hi Jane, Enjoyed your post! “apples in the snow” warms my heart.


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    December 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  4. haha the second picture is amazing!



    December 19, 2011 at 7:18 am

    • Hi. That squirrel is really flexible. He hung upside down by his rear toes for an hour, reaching up to the feeder and eating upsidedown! Jane


      jane tims

      December 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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