Where Birds Go By…

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Northern Mockingbird

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Great-Tailed Grackle, female

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Sparrow 4.17.15

House Sparrow, male

Verdin 4.17.15

Verdin

Grackle

Great-Tailed Grackle, male

Starling

European Starling

Orchid Tree

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Finch 1_edited-1

House Finch, male

Lovebird 2

Rosy-Faced Lovebird

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Curve-Billed Thrasher

1
Sometimes in the open you look up
where birds go by, or just nothing,
and wait. A dim feeling comes
you were like this once, there was air,
and quiet; it was by a lake, or
maybe a river you were alert
as an otter and were suddenly born
like the evening star into wide
still worlds like this one you have found
again, for a moment, in the open.

2
Something is being told in the woods: aisles of
shadow lead away; a branch waves;
a pencil of sunlight slowly travels its
path. A withheld presence almost
speaks, but then retreats, rustles
a patch of brush. You can feel
the centuries ripple generations
of wandering, discovering, being lost
and found, eating, dying, being born.
A walk through the forest strokes your fur,
the fur you no longer have. And your gaze
down a forest aisle is a strange, long
plunge, dark eyes looking for home.
For delicious minutes you can feel your whiskers
wider than your mind, away out over everything.

Atavism, William Stafford

My current favorite poem.

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7 responses to “Where Birds Go By…

  1. Another lovely set of photos. And great poem – I can understand why it’s your current fave.

  2. What a wonderful series this is, Candace.
    I just love the little lovebird, It must be wonderful to see them in the wild. Here, we can only have them as pets.

  3. I love that poem… know the feeling.

  4. Tender pictures birds in search of water !! magnificent

  5. A solid collection of fine bird pictures. I like how you identify them (since I can’t 🙂 You have an excellent collection of your local birds.

  6. dianeschuller.com

    my kind of poem. I especially love that image you took of the hummingbird with its beak right at the water bubbler. Fantastic

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