Saturday, 15 June 2019

IMMERSIBLE BIRD-VERSE: Illustrated Limericks About WATERFOWL #1


PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, May 2019. This blogpost is the first in a series of five collections of verses and photos about waterfowl,  based primarily on Giorgio's waterfront outings in South Carolina and Ontario. 
Today's verses. dealing primarily with the South Carolina lowcountry environment, have been published (a few remain under review) at The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form is an online humor dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 carefully edited poems (Giorgio is proud to have contributed almost 300). 
Readers who enjoy our collections of verses describing the natural world around them with illustrative photos and poetic imagery might also enjoy these offerings...

Verses about Geysers, Sep '18
Verses about Frogs, Jan '19
Verses about Trees, Apr '19
Verses about Reptiles, Jun '19
Verses about Waterfowl, June '19, as posted here,
AND in the future, these collections will become available ...
Verses about Waterfowl (part #2), July '19

Verses about Trees (part #2), Aug '19
Verses about Waterfowl (part #3), Apr '20
Verses about Reptiles, (part #2), May '20
Verses about Waterfowl (part #4 - Loons), Aug '20.
Verses about Waterfowl (part #5), Dec '20. 

PHOTOS: I am indebted to Bill Wingfield for providing the wonderful photo of the wood stork in flight. Unless otherwise noted, embedded photographs were taken with and transferred from Giorgio's cellphone, then formatted using Powerpoint software. No photographic subjects were reimbursed for participating in this undertaking. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other song formats on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post. And, if you would like to sing some of the poetry about birds presented here, you can find some of these verses in singable format (with ukulele chords displayed) by following this link.  

(Editor's Note, April 2021:) This collection, having taken wings after its inception, has been expanded to five posts. Please see the links to the subsequent posts at the conclusion. 

1. The pelican, revisited -  2 verses
2. The 'pelicatessen'
3. Great egrets
4. Mallard ducks
5. Awkward great auks
6. Wood storks
7. Birder (John Audubon) 

Bird-watchers, academic ornithologists, wordplay enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, Giorgio's relatives, and just everyday folks have united in their demand for more verses on this topic!
So, please follow this link!... 

As a sneak preview here are the topics that will be covered with illustrated verses and didactic material in subsequent posts ... 

Scheduled for July 5, 2019 ... 
8.  Brown pelicans of the Caribbean
9.  Snowy egrets
10. Anhingas
11. Canada geese
12. Great blue herons
13. Flightless seabirds (penguins, etc.)

Scheduled for April 5, 2020 ...
14. The Shorebird Council
15. The pescatarian choice
16. Laughing gulls
17. Cattle egrets
18. Mute swans
19. Gallinules
20. Oystercatchers

Scheduled for August 5, 2020 (a Canadian take)...
Brief sagas about waterfowl
21. Common loons 
22. The Toronto cormorant rookery

Scheduled for December 10, 2020 ...
23. Black-crowned night herons
24. Juvenile night herons
25. American white ibis 
26. Wood ducks  
27. Little blue herons
28. Snow geese 
29. Hooded mergansers
30. Swan Lake S.C.  
31. Feral ducks
32. Double-crested cormorants

If you want to resume daily titillations on our blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense', click HERE. Once you arrive, you can select your time frame of interest from the calendar-based listings in the righthand margin, and check the daily offerings for any week in the years 2020 and 2021. (There are now over 700 daily entries on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.)


  1. TY, Celia. Your contibutions to OEDILF leave me in awe, so I'm delighted that you like some of what I write!