The only activity on the golf course today
apart from the falling snow
is hundreds of ducks beneath the trees
quacking away as they go.
In a long line about six deep
they are trudging along at slow speed
they know the trees will catch the snow
so they can feed on the grass they need.
You truly are a beautiful bird
and I know you get hungry too,
but please don’t eat birds at my feeder
go and find a field-mouse or two.
The meadows, just a few blocks away,
are a natural seaside resource
for birds of prey– rats, mice, rabbits,
ducks and waterbirds of course.
So, please don’t make my feeders
a regular place to prey.
I love to see you in the wild
but want songbirds to have a safe day.
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