poetry and prose about place

at the bird feeder #1

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Today our bird feeders are a mess.  Racoons and grey squirrels don’t keep neat houses.  However, the seeds scattered across the deck are attracting a delightful array of birds.  The last few mornings we have had:

a few chickadees (Black-capped Chickadee, Parus atricapillus)… they grab a seed and swoop to the nearest low branch to break the seed open… they seem to travel in small groups, but bicker with one another at the feeder…

a few nuthatches (Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis)… they are acrobats, grabbing to the feeder and then flipping inside to get the seed… they are solitary, sometimes in small groups of two or three… they leave one another alone, each taking their turn…

a flock of goldfinches (American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis)… gregarious, they are all a-flutter and feed together side by side… they hang around to break open the seed and tolerate other species beside them…





bright feathers distil

yellow from atmosphere

essence of sunflower

tipple and sip champagne

make small talk at parties

gesture with hands

paint scallops on air, animated discussion


the gregarious obtain information

best feeder in the neighbourhood

best seed

least squirrel



© Jane Tims  2011


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  1. “the gregarious obtain information” 🙂 Sounds like my husband! Beautiful drawing…


    Barbara Rodgers

    January 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

  2. I giggled thinking of the birds at a cocktail party, what a delightful poem!


    C.L. Sostarich

    January 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

    • Hi C.L. Glad you liked it! You have inspired me to include a little lightness in my work… Jane


      jane tims

      January 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

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