A Morning Walk I

this morning while it was still dark
I went outside to feed the turkeys
give them water and open their door
they chirp with excitement
if anything in their yard has changed
today it has
because I sprinkled straw to cover the slime
sometimes, I gobble gobble gobble
all ten will gobble back
it makes me laugh
but they will only do it once
and leave me to look foolish
if I try to get them to gobble again 

Poem by LL  October 2000

Dark-eyed "Slate-colored" Juncos

Oct. 24, 2014    Our driveway is filled with juncos.  They are everywhere this year and as I took a walk this morning, I kept driving little herds of them ahead of me.  It has stopped raining but the clouds are still low. It was remarkable how many birds were singing this morning.  I guess, like me, they love a rainy day.  


Oct. 23, 2014   There were over 120 crows in the hayfield this afternoon.  We thought that was a lot until I read on VTBIRD that one avid birdwatcher in Stowe counted over "3906 crows streaming down the valley."   I wonder how she counted them?