At dusk, perched on the lines,

Honing barbs, passing time,

They seem to pose a threat.

But is it real? Are they?

We wait for them to move;

What do they have to prove?

They could stay where they are,

Or take themselves away.

The sight of them entwines

Round our unease, and yet

For now they crouch and mime

Today’s events. That said,

They sense what lies ahead,

Let’s not push them too far.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 15th Oct 2021 21:35

Thanks, KJ. Yes, avian violence can be distressing. A few weeks again I saw a magpie fly down and grab a mouse on our garden wall.

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kJ Walker

Fri 15th Oct 2021 08:30

My garden is always full of birds... Mainly spuggies, but other ones too.
They are all welcome... Except for the bloody kestrel. It has now become an almost daily job sweeping up feathers after it takes another victim.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 14th Oct 2021 21:27

Thanks for liking, Holden and John. I think it must be the pre-migration feeling that encourages starlings to gather, John. I'll check out the jays.

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John Coopey

Thu 14th Oct 2021 16:07

Is it the time of year that encourages starlings to congregate on power lines prior to their roost? I’ve only just noticed them. And jays - I’ve never seen so many jays before.

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