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Sunday, March 22, 2015


A Gila Woodpecker
sways and sips at the feeder
for the hummingbird

    Can you imagine a big, heavy woodpecker, swaying and dipping his long beak into the sweet water?  He is so much bigger than the tiny hummingbird, it almost seems unfair.  Like stealing food from a baby.  But my finches love it.  When the gila woodpecker flies off, they dart over and catch the drops on the bottom of the feeder that have splashed out in the swaying.  This is all part of the rich tapestry of life outside my office window.  What do you observe outside your window?  Can you write a poem about that?  Have fun observing.


  1. Joy,
    We have a squirrel that robs from the bird feeders. I enjoyed your poem about the woodpecker's raid on the hummingbird feeder. I could see it happening. Well done!

    1. As you know, it is all about the images. The hard part is finding the right words. Those squirrels are pesky, aren't they? My birdfeeder was on a wire between two trees and every so often the weight of the squirrel would break the wire. Several of my feeders got broken that way. Or the squirrels would chew holes in the hard plastic. Amazing creatures. Have you ever seen one running across a telephone or electric wire that runs across a street?