bird song

baby butcher bird
only one day out of his nest
searching for worms

his family live nearby
constantly sing
their songs of joy

they return each year
to breed right here
their song endears

d’Verse, OLN, Grace


  1. Beautiful poem kate, conjures up memories from our travels up north WA Especially love their sweet sounds at night, I learned that the parent butcher birds sing to ward of predators to their nests. I would open my caravan window at night just to hear their songs to each other. Thanks for your reminder xo

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  2. “Shrikes (/ʃraɪk/) are carnivorous passerine birds of the family Laniidae. The family is composed of 33 species in four genera. The family name, and that of the largest genus, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for “butcher”, and some shrikes are also known as butcherbirds because of their feeding habits.”

    I haven’t seen any shrikes or loggerheads (relatives of your birdie) around my feeders. But there are some ‘relatives’ in the States 🙂

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  3. Your writing invigorates, Kate, as do the fellow-creatures they celebrate.

    It’s always cool to watch hatchlings come around for seeds and whatnot, then. in turn, for them to bring over their own offspring maybe a couple years later.

    I haven’t seen any, mind you, though my friend tells me she’s seen flying squirrels at her feeder, at night. Meanwhile, my TV often sits for days, unwatched. How can it possibly hope to offer anything as compelling?

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