Fall Birds

I started filling the bird feeders a couple of weeks ago -- I'm not going to provide free board for the greedy little bastards during the summer when they can make their own living -- & I've seen house finches, grosbeaks, hairy & downy woodpeckers, greater & lesser nuthatches, billions of chickadees, blue jays, juncos. I'm sure I'm forgetting one or two species. We haven't had any snow yet, so there is plenty of foraging: the numbers will increase as the weather gets colder. Hail / sleet / rain this morning, highs in the forties.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.