Worried Birds and Winter Weather

A worried blue jay
came to see me yesterday
and loudly proclaimed:
“I am here to issue
a winter weather warning,
so please listen carefully
to everything I say.
Don’t be fooled by this warm sun,
for tomorrow all will change—
snow and ice are on their way.”
“It’s true what he is saying,”
a nearby cardinal said.
“Birds know when cold is coming
and we are filled with dread.
So can you give us
more sunflower seeds
and maybe some day-old bread?
You see, we are sad.
That thoughtless sparrow
with the striped head
ate the last good food we had!”
Oh! Guilty sparrow
caught with a tasty mouthful,
unable to speak!     ~ ms

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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30 Responses to Worried Birds and Winter Weather

  1. thomasgable says:

    Beautiful shot of the blue jay! I love the plumage of blue jay! Your words are very eloquent and go very well with your photographs! Thanks for sharing!


    • When I saw this blue jay come right up to my back door, I knew bad weather was on its way. The blue jays usually do not come this close. There were still a few uneaten sunflower seeds in the grass, and he was more afraid of hunger than he was of me.
      The same with the male cardinal—also more frightened of being hungry than he was of being close to me. I took these photos yesterday….and today there was an ice storm. Nature is a better predictor of weather than man will ever be!


  2. dorannrule says:

    Fabulous photography Mary – and I love your birds with stories of things to come and letting you know to feed them more to cope with winter.


  3. montucky says:

    Very pretty shots! THe birds do seem to know exactly when the dangerous weather is due, don’t they! They have amazing survival strategies!


    • Yes, they do! When I took philosophy, one of the professors said that humans are the smartest animal because we created our own language and we can communicate with words. Ummm….animals can communicate without needing words. They can tell when the weather is going to shift without sitting in front of a TV or computer, searching for the weather channel. Woodpeckers can hear bugs moving inside of a dying tree and know exactly where to start working….and on and on. Humans tend to think they are so smart—I think this arrogance is what makes our species kind of dumb. 😉


  4. cindy knoke says:

    Wonderful photo & prose! Smart birdies.


  5. Barbara says:

    Beautiful photos of the birds, you definitely have a peaceful spirit, the animals just love you to take their pictures.
    Well my power keeps going off and on, now it seems to just go off.


    • Don’t think it had much to do with my peaceful spirit.
      They were hungry and more worried about the coming change in the weather…than they were about my close proximity.
      Hunger levels the playing field.


  6. kiwiskan says:

    better start making that seed-cake for those beautiful birds – including the humble sparrow…


  7. Heather says:

    lol…awesome photos and your words compliment these fellows well!


  8. craftedgirlwonderstruck says:

    This is really cute to be honest. I love the photos, they are really perfect.


  9. Dina says:

    Lovely, lovely bird story, Mary! 🙂 Yes please, get tons of sunflower seeds, some day old bread, an apple and a handful of raisins. 🙂
    Have a lovely day.
    Greetings from teh Rhine Valley


  10. Terrific colorful captures!


  11. aquacompass7 says:

    It is brilliant, pretty birds.


  12. winter is really harsh at your place!


  13. Line says:

    What a wonderful post! and lovely lovely photos!! 🙂


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