Is he wondering where is the endless Arctic Circle Nunavut summer sun
& my dear lady,
or that perfect site I claimed by flying 30’ up, then gliding,
warbling all the way, to the hummock below?
& where did the 100’s of other Lapland Longspurs go
(& how this so ISN’T the Great Plains)
& why am I w/ a hallelujah of Horned Larks (& maybe 2 Snow Buntings?)
methodically plucking seed from a stubble corn field in Ct?
caveat: When I find myself perseverating on Trump, rather than doing something to offset one of his actions (write a letter, make a call, speak up when a red-hatter spouts a conspiracy theory, donate to a group that’s suing to stop an action,etc) I switch to focusing on a new topic that puts me smack-dab in the present. Studying up on the Lapland Longspur did it for me today. (But, hmmm, I’ve GOT to find a juxtaposition for this species long hind toe, its “larkspur,”…doesn’t it seem to beg for a 420?)
Crows while curious about glints in the grass, are not fooled.
Young crows may act, well, young, & appear to focus on shiny items,
but mature crows know what’s what.
When I heard a passing biker say
“this is no time to focus on shiny objects,”
it reminded me to focus: support wisdom,
give $ to them’s that’ll slow the hand of the unwise;
get the voters to the polls, be brave, speak truth to power.
Be like the crows.
The shiny object gambit is used by Trump. His tweet storms distract us from his outrageous acts. But I think the American people are too smart to stay numbed and distracted. Our press is not fake but it has been too gullible. We’ve got to be laser-like. For instance, each time Trump attacks a bedrock environmental protection, that attack needs countering in the courts, in Congress, and beyond. (See EDF.org and NRDC.org: every 8 days the latter sues the Administration, thereby at least staying his destructive power.)
Last year’s nests attest to the skill of their creators.
Many withstand harsh winters &,
like us 70-year olds in Yoga Barre class,
don’t look the worse for the wear:
the Red-eyed vireo’s tidy, hanging cup w/ birch bark & wasp paper,
the Robin’s mud-liner rough jumble of exterior twigs & bark, & this?
Goldfinch? Solid,neat, plant fiber build w/ thistle down lining,
its base on a branch, & poop on the nest edge!*
* I’m not really certain this is a Goldfinch nest, but I think Carduelis Tristan is the only open-nesting songbird that does the let-the-feces-stay-on-the-doorstep thing. I wonder what they think of people who don’t heed the pick up after your dog signs?