true mother goose

This Canada goose is patiently brooding her eggs. Note the soft nesting materials where they spill out from under her mid-section.


Bright orange-red eyering marks the killdeer / Charadrius vociferus.
Vociferus in the scientific name can be defined as “crying out noisily” and this bird does so with its loud frequent killdeee, kildeee call.

Memorial Day bird

in my tails and missing top hat
I watched human parade
step past
flags at half mast
wondered if humans knew
we birds too
those still nursing wounds
some with minds aching
or gone Home
all trying to put war to rest

I blue-grey gnatcatcher
perched silent
while Memorial Day parade
passed by