May 2, 2018
by Lisa Hug
Swainson’s Thrushes singing this season
Give me a very, very good reason
To get out and hike
Or possibly bike
Into the forest, where songs are teasin’.
Orange and ornate the orioles are
Here from subtropical lands afar.
They build and build their hanging nests
But there within they do not rest.
They brood and feed then fledge their stars.
Swirling swallows swoop and swoop.
Like Blue Angels’ loop-de-loops
Pesky gnats and flies they eat
To them, they are delicious treats
So please forgive their messy poops.
When wandering warblers awaken the trees.
Most rejoice, but not the fleas
For warblers are insectivores,
They eat bugs by scores and scores
Watch out, good beetles and spiders and bees!
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