~ Bird Haiku + WPC: Wanderlust ~

This past week at Long Beach, WA, breeding and migrating birds were the main attraction for me. Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows swooped through the air, cleaning out marsh bugs and flirting with potential mates.


barn swallows on rail

a couple ready to nest

one chatters one preens


gulping mosquitos

tree swallows sail above marsh

upwards and onwards

Canada Goose formations flew over every morning…


goose formations call

streaking north wave after wave

migration inborn

…while residents remained elusive.


Mallards drakes are in full plumage.


hen mallard broods nest

precocial duckling peeks out

attentive drake guards


marsh water paddle

mama duck chicks in a line

teaches foraging


to the nest at dusk

full-bellied chicks follow mom

drake keeps guard in rear


Shorebirds also are migrating through, and some will remain resident. I’m determined to learn their true names, so after field photos I dug into field guides!

More bird haiku to come!


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14 Responses to ~ Bird Haiku + WPC: Wanderlust ~

  1. judigoldberg says:

    love the goose formation photos. all hail goose!

  2. Olga says:

    Wonderful post, Lindy. Loved all the photos accompanied with haiku descriptors. Gave me a sense of being there. That formation you captured is amazing. The sunset scene is a stunning introduction. ❤

  3. Tina Schell says:

    Wow Lindy – you really did some work on this one! Well done!!

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  5. Delightful photos! Thank you for sharing them!

  6. These are really beautiful! The goose picture looks like some sort of sky-writing code.

  7. jmacindoe says:

    Great shots!!

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