Sarah Potter Writes

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Monday Morning #Haiku 97 — Magpies

Magpies

~Songbirds guard your nests~
Thieves cloaked in piebald feathers
plan to pillage eggs.

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14 thoughts on “Monday Morning #Haiku 97 — Magpies

  1. Naughty magpies! 😕

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  2. Sunshine Jansen on said:

    Fantastic wordsmithing here! We don’t have magpies where I live so I have to get my fill of them when we’re traveling out west. They’re such dastardly little criminals but I can’t help but smile at their flash and swagger!

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  3. Love the way you’ve captured the character of the birds Sarah, I love all of these corvids and just try to ignore what I know about how they find things to eat!

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  4. Apparently the more roadkill there is available to magpies, the less they raid songbirds’ nests. With an increase in traffic, the songbird population has managed to grow again.

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  5. and they are quick and strong thieves at that. One once plucked a half a sandwich right out of my young daughter’s hand.

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  6. Golly! The bird life outside in my patio garden in Southern California seems much more sedate. Lately a few little wrens, picking at the rosemary plant, and the usual hummingbirds sampling the red sage nectar. Occasionally, they will have a little scuffle, mostly near the hummingbird feeder that hangs by the window. Driving recently near one of the local beaches, we did see a large hawk, first pausing, and almost completely stopping in the air, then diving on a field. He came up again without anything in his claws, and we drove on past, so I suppose he eventually found his dinner. Sometimes the whole food chain thing does nothing for me. I always change the channel before the lion tackles the zebra.

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    • Wonderful to hear about your bird life in California. I have little wrens in my garden, probably after my rosemary plant, too. I see hawks occasionally when walking on the hills near my house. Also, the occasional tawny or barn owl swoops over my garden. I’d love to have some hummingbirds, but I think our climate would be too cool and wet for them.

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