Election Day Birds

More birds at the feeders in my yard this morning than I have seen all winter: starlings, goldfinches, huge flock of sparrows, grosbeaks, the usual chickadees, a couple of nuthatches & my regular woodpeckers, a downy & a hairy. We've had a lot of rain, freezing rain, snow & sleet, which has left a packed layer of ice over much of the landscape; but at the same time the weather has been warmer than usual for early February, so the birds have been hanging around at our altitude but probably finding less to eat. The feeders, then, are a real attraction. I've also been scattering sunflower & thistle seeds on the crusty snow for the ground feeders. It was delightful to go out this morning & hear not just a few thin chickadee calls but a whole chorus of birdsong, a veritable parliament of birds discoursing.

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.