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The term “bird feeder” can have more than one meaning.


Birds chatter at their feed and seeds disappear on cue,
To danger, few pay heed, some finches, not a clue.
Suddenly losing their taste, some fly to sanctuary brush,
Not a moment to waste, for death glides on a hush.
It had sat in brushy tree, sizing its gathering prey
In queue on feeder lee — parrot-like and blue-gray.  
   It comes on silent wing, swiftly, from the forest.
Target locked, unknowing, its life to be wrest.
Kestrel swoops under container, inverts talons to capitalize.
Expertly executes full gainer, startles finch to act unwise:
Not staying inside its cage, it darts toward brushy haven,
Its one hope to disengage, it dodges from aerial maven.
But hawk’s hat trick works well, finch is prize of her foray,
Talons pierce its body shell, feathers puff and drift away.
American Kestrel, small falcon, to old-timers, Blue Darter —
Snappy oviparous lexicon — sparrow hawk, agile, smarter.
Nature sometimes is raw, it’s said, red in tooth and claw,
Raptors eat meat, by law, opportunely fill their craw —
But small birds and tweeters, I’ve lured, seeds to swallow,
These innocent kernel eaters, on raptor menu won’t allow.
Have wrapped feeder in mesh, double caged entry, egress,
New protection for flesh, new hope against raptor regress.
If this doesn’t work at all, or strategy I can’t define, 
If bird lives still fall, drastic action — be mine!
© 2008 R. Leland Waldrip






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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Sounds like a bird brain teaser-0-but you'll figure it out.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Great nature lesson..thank you!!

Grizzly Love Tinka :)
Reviewed by Tom Hyland
LELAND - great write!

If cage doesn't thwart Falco Sparverius,
'Tis time for you to get Serious!


Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
Hello Leland, great bird lesson well rhymed and timed, timed and rhymed
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

Outstanding depicting and poemization of Nature's Majesties and wonders.

I salute You, Poet.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
It is such a beautiful bird - falcon - and has its reasons for being here, but I wouldn't want to see him around my birds, either! I learn much when reading your descriptive poetry - thanks for sharing your talent...

Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
Yes, Leland, it is sometimes a harsh way of nature that birds of prey consume birds we consider as pretty, and whose songs lighten our life. But the reality is that hawks and owls have to eat, too. Artists (myself included) enjoy painting and photographing cows, chickens, and even fish. But we equally enjoy dining on them.

Nice to be able to view your work again. I can't seem to find enough time to view ALL of my old favorites on the DEN, but "Raptor" caught my eye, today.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
It's heart breaking to see but it's natures way, a poem of excellance Leland.
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens
A remarkably fine, sad poem. I, too, have seen such a tragedy at my bird feeder.
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