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in the branches of the White Pine

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Since finding the bird nests at our lake property last weekend, I have been thinking about the birds we see there in summer.  Our cabin looks out on a very bushy, young White Pine where birds love to nest and hide.   
 
the White Pine is the larger tree to the left of the road

The most frequent denizens of the pine are a pair of Bohemian Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus).   They prefer berries for food and so are in their ideal habitat.  Our property must look like a big dinner plate to them, with its orderly presentation of wild strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn and winterberry.

Another bird who stops to rest in the pine is the American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), also known as the Thistle bird.  These are seed-eating birds who fly across the fields in a distinctive pattern of loops.  They are also one of the most common birds at our winter bird feeder. 

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building homes

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we fly kites

to learn the field and sky

set copper whirligigs to spin

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          yellow flirt crosses blue

          per-chick-or-ree

          potato-chip potato-chip potato-chip

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we build our cabin

with 2 by 4s, boards and trusses

woodscrews and spiral nails

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          firm framework 

          woven grass and birch 

          bark rim and spider silk

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you fill walls with fiberglass

I quilt curtains for windows

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          goldfinch waits while his female tucks

          her nest with thistledown

          tufts of cattail, puffs of dandelion

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© Jane Tims  2011

Written by jane tims

December 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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