Colorful Evening Encounter

Water drops pop, water drops pop

Pop drop high low many pops drop

Look out the window to investigate while

Late afternoon sun shines in my eyes but I see

Cardinals! Four babies as big as mama and

Papa, reddish, greenish, brownish, lanky

Loose feathers, checking out the ground

Learning to flap up to the feeder

Chatting with each other in soft popping noises

Oops, papa caught me staring with mouth open

Flap flop pop drops of soft sweet baby sounds

As the cardinal family disappears until I go away



Cardinal Couple

Swift bullets, red male first, multi-colored female determinedly follows

gliding through warm air molecules over the field headed for a feeder

One flap of wings, penguin-like body swim up and down, up and down, one flap of wings

air swimming, defying gravity, hunting prey sitting innocently piled in the feeder


Frosty April Morning

April morning produced frosty green grass and

frozen bird bath water while birds of all

colors, yellow, brown, black, red, gray flit

around the feeder ravenous, the cold bringing hunger


April morning produced three beautiful red male

cardinals baring wings at each other over a female

eating at the feeder, cold fighting occurs over the unplowed

field, only one triumphant returns to eat with his mate