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Monday, March 5, 2012


A black bird
sits in a mesquite tree,
the phainopepla
calls to me.

He's as black
as he can be,
until in flight
he starts to flee,
then his white wings
I can see.

He calls warp, warp
from up in the tree
saying good morning
to you and me.

     The Phainopepla is a common bird to southern Arizona.  It is about 7 inches big and looks like a black cardinal to me, because they are similar in size.
What birds are common to where you live?  Can you write a poem about the birds?  Can you draw a picture to go with your poem.  Use your ears and try to include the sounds your birds make in your poem.  What ever you write today, have fun.


  1. Joy,
    What an education I'm getting from your bird watching. :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by. Pausing to watch and listen is a good way to learn. Now all I hope is that I can remember Phainopepla--it is a big four syllable word and I keep forgetting the word and end up describing the bird as the black cardinal with the name that begins with p, but that p is pronounced like an f.