Winter Birds

Hadn't seen any finches at the feeder for a couple of weeks until this morning when a flock of more than fifty descended. You often see juncos traveling with the finches & feeding on the ground, but I didn't notice any this morning. They came in right after a brief snow squall when the sun broke through. The sun is long-gone. The school bus just came down the road in late morning, which means an early dismissal for a storm.  Swirling, wind-driven flakes beginning & only a few chickadees out & about.

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.