Where Are They Now?

The hoovering hordes of redpolls that seemingly inhaled an 8-lb bag of seed in just a few days inspired me to two creative endeavours: a video and another haiku.

Many for the Road

Wings flutter madly.
Eyes shine as seeds disappear.
Feeder sways, empty.

They’re gone for the season I think. It’s nice to think they’re out there somewhere, though, and I guess the same could be said of many things and most people. So here’s a toast to absent-but-not-fallen comrades.

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6 Responses to Where Are They Now?

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    The link took me to the toast to “fallen comrades”. While it was intended specifically for comrades in the military, I think it could be amended and applied in many community groups. It might also be more memorable than a droning litany of names.

    Jim T

  2. You can be satisfied to know you have helped them on their way. They will have your feeder on their itinerary for their next migration — five-star eats!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – I wonder if they do remember “good eats” year to year. So much I don’t know about birds.

      • Our daughter Bethany had a fondness for birds. When she was very ill, she rescued a fledgling cedar waxwing and rehabilitated it in her room over the summer. Learning that waxwings are sociable and will find a flock if they can, she released it in the fall. She climbed the hill south of the house to set “Cricket” free, which was a suggestion that the bird was assisting her recovery as well. A few days later, the cedar waxwing that would swoop down to her in the garden must surely have been the same “Cricket.” That short-term memory may suggest longer-term memory as well.

        • Isabel Gibson says:

          Laurna – What a delightful story. I saw a movie about an Australian family that took in a fledgling magpie for a time and it knew them for sure. We’ll see what happens in the fall, I guess, as they move back south.

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