Tuesday, 8 January 2019

January Birds

In the Orchard under the Tor

Gliding keen branches
Mustard, like late mistletoe
Green glimpsed woodpecker

On the bird table

Starling, stuttering
Over the abundant seeds
This! And this... and this?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Starling Flocks Arriving Overhead One Evening in November

Here, now; a blanket
Of soft wings brushing the sky
Draws evening close by

The absence of sound
Their solidarity speaks
A thousand times loud

Air net. A lattice of
Beak and wing to stop falcons
From feasting on them

In the late lilac
Sky; thin ribbons of birds fly
Above the old thorn

Heron Flypast

Low bird overhead
Solid grey undercarriage
Heron ‘747’

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Blackbirds and Jackdaws

Blackbird Under the Hedge

Dry summer leaves drift
Into the shade. You turn over
An old leaf for snails

Jackdaws in the Old Orchard

Plums, ripe and bursting
In the beak, spill magenta
Wine for thirsty birds

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Jackdaws in a Summer Squall

Two leaves, chucked sky high
Dark shapes dancing in the wind
Rain drenched jackdaws jive

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Summer Birds

Young Great Tit

In my hands, frail beat
Of fledged feathers, claw and beak
Fly now, far from me

The dog pauses, wait!
Just long enough for me to
Find a fledgling perch

Hunting Buzzard

Sky-writing above
Longhand. Slow, deliberate
Soliloquy quills

House-martins and Swallows

Weaving through hedgerows
With the evening summer light
Strings of bird bunting

Young Starlings at St. Margaret's Chapel 

From the bell tower
They leap. Hearts and wings clamour
Not falling...gliding!