Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wagtails and Starlings

Two Territorial Wagtails

Steam from frosty fence
Rises, as tempers flare hot
Wagtails flip the bird

Starlings at Dusk

Starlings spread a quilt
Of sunset gold, pink and blue
Murmuring the moon

Monday, 9 October 2017


Four magpies, fighting
Tag teams of feathered fury
Tumble in the trees

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Blackbirds and a Red Kite

The Blackbird

The hedge brambling bird
Quietly picks a path through
Tangled branch and fruit

On finding a blackbird, unexpectedly

Bright eye catches mine
Yellow-bladed beak and claw
Daggers drawn, retreat!

Red Kite

Caught in the willows 
A call hollows out the wind
Crying solitude

Saturday, 24 June 2017


The Cherry Picker

Silver hooded stealth
Picks fruit just ripening red
Enough to eat, shoo!

Glastonbury Abbey

Above the old ruins
Rising in a slow spiral
Jackdaws dance at dusk


Soft silvery hoods
Drawn high over hunched shoulders
Jackdaws call matins

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Swifts and Sparrows

Swifts overhead

A glint of metal
Catches my eye, high in sky
Palette knife paints blue

Sparrow Lane

Street theatre in tree
Leaves shake with laughter, cheep! cheep!
Sparrows tell rude jokes

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Herons, Swans and the Somerset Levels


Waterway clearing
Wading the reedy rhyne mud
Herons pace tractor

Clearing ditch and drain
Dredged up silt slicks and weed sedge
Herons yaw for fish

Swans on the Marshes

Swans on the green sward
As tho' a'sail upon land
Strange sails gathering


Grebes and moorhens dance
Dallying on the bright lake
Look! Reservoir bobs...