Tuesday 10 May 2022

Poems about Avian Life: BIRDLORE, part#2

 Our postings at this blogsite will pique your interest for a longer duration with entire collections, generally eight poems per blogpost about a particular topic (the individual short poems, usually with illustrations are published at 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense'.) But, even devoted readers can develop fatigue, so as verses are added over time, we tend to invoke binary fission, and split the group into two informative servings.

This post represents the continuation of an earlier series, from September 2021  dealing with LANDBIRDS.  

previous poetic posts (part #1)
American goldfinches
bird droppings
California scrub-jays
cattle egrets
cedar waxwings
dawn chorus
de-snooding (domestic turkeys)
Eagles and eaglets
Eastern towhees
House finches
Red-tailed hawks
Red-winged blackbirds
(for continuation, see the link below)

Please bear in mind that these accumulations only represent a portion of our outpourings for birdwatchers and -lovers. You can view an even more extensive collection concerning WATERFOWL by following the links at the end of this post. 

Authors' Note: The gregarious house finchHaemorhous mexicanus,  originally an inhabitant of the western US and Mexico, was introduced into Long Island, New York, in 1940. Although the female is not showy, the male is distinguished by the rosy red coloration of its face, neck and upper breast areas. The species quickly spread across the eastern US and southern parts of Canada. A strict vegetarian, this species is now the most common visitor to birdfeeders in many parts of its current range.

Authors' NoteThe author recently obtained a photo-expos√© of the activity as performed on a nearby sidewalk. He finds it appropriate to describe pigeon-mating in writing with the aid of binomial expressions (italicized in the above verse). You can find out a lot more (several collections of illustrated verse) about these grammatical gems by clicking HERE.

Authors' Note: Regal in appearance, the red-tailed hawk, the most common North American member of the raptor genus Buteo, is a year-round denizen of southern Ontario, and is frequently seen in urban residential areas. 

Note that Fred the robin has also appeared with his colleague Carl the cardinal in the blogpost "Curtained Verse", a collection of illustrated verses that you can find by clicking HERE.

Authors' Note:   This is a true story. I very recently received from friends vacationing in Costa Rica an e-mail with a marvellous attached video closeup of toucans shot with a cellphone camera. I felt compelled to pass the photo on to others.

  In fact, no toucans make a sound that would be described as a 'tweet'. With respect to sound production, members of the more than forty species comprising the family are divided into 'yelpers' and 'croakers'. The social networking entity, Twitter, on the other hand, highlights in words and with their logo the tweetiness of short, chirping birdsong communication.

   The bird-photo above was kindly contributed by Betsy Crosswell.

Bird-watchers, academic ornithologists, wordplay enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, Giorgio's relatives, and just everyday folks have united in their demand for still more verses on the topic of landbirds!
So, please follow this linkfor the collection 'birdlore, part#3' 

To resume daily titillations on our related 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 month in the years 2020 to the present. (As of September 2023, there are over 1200 unique entries available on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.) The 'Daily' format also has the advantage of including some videos and other material that are not shown here on this topic-based blog.

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