Sharp-shinned Hawk

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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.

Jean Kay

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My Garden Christmas Eve

Garden Christmas Eve


Carrots from my garden
will be part of Christmas dinner.
To be gardening on Christmas Eve
makes me feel like a winner.

We still have roses blooming,
primrose are showing their heads.
Birds are noisily feeding
before they seek their beds.

A Downy Woodpecker, Hummingbirds,
Chickadees, Pine Siskins, Juncos,
Sparrows along the hedgerow,
are all birds that come and go.

Soggy lawn but lush and green,
kale is still prolific.
To live here on Canada’s south west coast
I feel blessed, it is terrific.

Merry Christmas Everyone
Jean Kay

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Goldfinch Lesson

Goldfinch Lesson

  Winds howled most of the night

and continued into the day,

slamming doors inside the house

chasing sleep away.


A Goldfinch was sitting on the grass

not sure what to make of it.

Wind makes it difficult to fly

blowing birds off course a bit.

He tucked his head under his wing,

waiting for wind to die down.

We have hawks and eagles around

I hoped one wouldn’t swoop down.

Mum and Dad were calling him

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they flew close to him, then up again

as if saying “do it this way!”

How wonderful to witness that lesson

the Goldfinch has now flown.

Repetitive parental actions

Has taught it to fly on its own.

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He’s now back under the feeder

having a good look around

Mum and Dad are still singing to him

and it’s such an endearing sound.

Jean Kay

July 16, 2015


The Power of One

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The Power of One

We watched a huge flock of snowgeese

happily grazing in a field,

where farmers had dug up potatoes

hopefully pleased with their yield.

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Thousands were there and more joined them.

The noise level was incredibly high,

all was good until a lone bald eagle

decided to do a fly by.

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Instantly they all took flight,

it was amazing to see –

the power that one eagle had

to change the tranquility.

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Photos and poem by Jean Kay
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