Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nighthawks Fly

7. nighthawk-kab

Over the desert wash they fly

Hawking for insects as they go

Nighthawks have taken to the sky

Over the desert wash they fly

You rarely hear their trilling cry

Wings beat fast—they never slow

Over the desert wash they fly

Hawking for insects as they go.

~Kathie Adams Brown (April 23, 2013)

NaPoWriMo 2013/30 Poems in 30 Days

Prompt 23: Write a Triolet

National Poetry Month is almost over, but I am still trying to write a poem a day and while I have missed a couple of days, sometimes I write two or more. Today is one of those days. I had fun with this prompt and I’ve posted a humorous poem on my Poet Tree Blog, but this one seems appropriate for Kathie’s Birds. I hope you like it! Click on the link for the prompt if you want to know what a triolet is. More blogging to come soon. I went birding this morning with a fellow blogger named Mary from the Faith, Fabric and Photos blog. We met at Sweetwater Wetlands, along with her sister and husband. I have known Mary through her blog from back when I wrote my Sycamore Canyon blog. It was nice to finally meet her in person. And, in spite of the heat and the workers chipping wood at Sweetwater, we still managed to see 45 species of birds! Also, a week ago I went birding with another birder and blogger named Gordon. His post is now up! Check it out. He has great photos!

18 comments:

  1. Love it!!! Nighthawks rock! They are quite majestic:)

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    1. Chris, I love them as well! Aren't they the ABA Bird of the year as well?

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  2. Kathie, I love your poem! Great shot of the Nighthawk!

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  3. Beautiful bird, great pictures and poem Kathie.

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  4. Hi Kathie, I've just found your blog via Mary at Faith Fabric and Photos. I've just added you to my favourite blogs roll, so I'll be coming back soon! (-:

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    1. Jenny, welcome! It is so nice to have you for a faithful reader!

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  5. I read your previous blog and thought I'd seen some nighthawks in Sycamore Canyon so I sat out last night to watch. No luck. I sat out again tonight and saw 3 flying over the wash and then one made a strafing run down my fence line. Also between 6:15 and 6:45 PM I heard their warbling call - first time this year that I've noticed. You'll have to stop by again!
    Dean

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    1. Dean, nice to hear from you again. I was thinking of you when I was out there counting birds. I saw the Great Horned owl out in the desert and wondered if you could see it from your house as well! I would love to see you again! We will have to arrange it. I am so glad you saw the nighthawks. I was worried about them. With the arrival of the spring migrants I am feeling myself so drawn back to Sycamore Canyon because I can remember all the birds I would see there and I am not seeing them here in town! Sycamore Canyon is so unique in its location on the slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains and at the edge of the Sonoran Desert. It is really wonderful habitat!

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  6. Beautiful image and words! I love this. And these are some of my favorite birds. I love their call at twilight.

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    1. Quiet Paths, I agree, though our Lesser Nighthawks are a bit more quiet than their Common cousins!

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  7. Love the poem and the images Kathie

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  8. Wonderful poem! It gives me a strong sense of freedom, the kind you get from soaring. I love the photo too! Any triolets about bubblegum, perchance? :)

    I always enjoy watching the birds through your eyes and your lens. Such beauty.

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    1. Bella, I actually do have a bubble gum poem, but it's not a triolet!

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.