Friday, January 3, 2014

What We See in the Yard

 
Each day in winter, we feed the ducks.
  When the snow is too deep for them to forage on the river marsh,
it is essential to remember to throw
the cracked corn out for them.
Our biggest problem is to avoid attracting pigeons.
 
 
However, for the ducks, the larger issue
is avoiding becoming lunch.
 
 
In the past week, hungry Bald Eagles have patrolled
the tallest evergreens near our home.
 
 
We don't always see them as their heads
look like snow in the trees and their dark bodies blend
with the branches.  Can you see two?
 
 
Once we spotted them and began to take photos,
the eagles moved to another tree. 
We'll stay inside from now on;
we don't wish to disturb them.
 
 
We feel lucky to live in a place where we can enjoy
 such magnificent birds from our kitchen windows.
 
 
I wonder if we could entice the eagles
to eat the pigeons.
 
I can live with that.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014