The Winter Birds

At dawn I set out the seeds.
First to arrive are the juncos, purple finches
and chickadees. They scatter and skip
along the rail in excitement, nudging
each other off a particular feeding area.
They are followed by the nuthatches and flickers that
torpedo their way to the corn and sunflower seeds
and quickly depart to the junipers.
The mourning doves, in pairs, flutter down
and peck away, walking nobly along
the banister. Soon other passerines arrive: blackbirds,
grackles, starlings, magpies and pin?on jays.
They are the bullies of the bunch!
They greedily mop up what is left and quickly depart,
leaving not a seed in the snow!

– Burt Baldwin, Ignacio