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I and the Bird #127: Higgledy-piggledy

June 10, 2010

Higgledy, piggledy
Welcome, friends, welcome to
I and the Bird number
Hundred two seven

Thursdays, bi-weekly, it
Drops blog posts on you like
Manna from heaven


Hankety, pankety
Duncan down under hosts
Fabulous birds near
Cruachan’s high peak

He says it’s Autumn, I
Have to believe, on things
I cannot speak


Boggety, spoggety
Dwelling too much on the
World’s many problems can
Drive you quite mad

Hill-stead Farm gets it and
Helps out their birds so they
Don’t feel so bad.


Blerghety, shmerghety
Birder’s Lounge Amber knows
Parks where the gaudiest
Species are found

Camera’s focused when
Buntings in question decide
To turn ’round


Haggety, baggety
Evening Grosbeaks are
Well-known for hosting a
Massive billed head

Idaho birders are
Then when they focus on
Eyebrows instead


Bibbity babbity
We’ve all been told that a
Bird in the hand is worth
Two in the shrub

How to interpret, then,
Oriole looks that say
Lemme go, bub!”


Flappity wappity
Springtime bird boxes were
Largely immune to the
Housing meltdown

That’s why it’s preferable
Renting to Bluebirds whose
Credit’s reknowned


Flibbity jibbity
Bird’s nest are generally
Hard to find, hidden with
Utmost of care

Think, then, how easy if
All birds made nests look like
Marge Simpson’s hair


Mabbely dabbely
I and the Bird has got
Standards for content that
Must be obeyed

I’m not so strict so a
Birdy cartoon makes me
Say, “what the hey?”


Oily doily
Mexico’s Gulf is a
Festering mess with no
Easy way out

Worse that survival of
Compromised birds is still
So much in doubt


Picidy schmicidy
Woodpecker pairs remind
Me of no one in
particular, though,

One of those peckerheads
Can hearken back to the
Marcel Marceau


Wattery flattery
Theodore Roosevelt
Built a canal across
Old Panama

Now that it’s run by the
Residents there you can
Bird till you drop


Boogerty shoogerty
Ireland’s birders have
Nearly perfected the
Seawatching game

What do they get for their
Photos of Fulmars put
Many to shame!


Cassidy plassidy
Cuckoos and Parrots for
Those international
Birders parade

But it’s the Hornbill who
Looks like a crow in who’s
Field trips are made


Bikity spikity
Bob of Nishiki gets
Out in the grassland
With lifers on tap

Wonderful, then, when the
Species do frequently
Fall in your lap


Pipidy jipity
Plovers need beaches that
Stay mostly free of those
bad ORVs

Thankfully Wardens are
On the spot keeping them
Nesting with ease


Kiskadee fiskadee
Birders who call themselves
Unabashed flycatcher
Lovers are rare

Birders, get rid of your
Love for Empidonax
Brethren declare!


Konkeree donkeree
Colors on blackbirds are
Too often simple and
Not closely seen

How can you call it a
“Black” bird when faced with an
Glossy slick sheen?


Hosaly dosaly
Some lucky birder gets
Trips to the tropics on
Wildbird’s dime

Photos and birds look so
This birder wants to know
Where is the line?


Fishidy lishidy
Fishing in June in the
Arctic looks different from
June around here

Must have to do with the
Bait that they’re using to
Bring the fish near


Mullety gullety
Sandpiper babies are
Possibly the cutest
Things on two feet

Stilts get it double when
Rivals are standing
Beneath in defeat


Rajady bajady
Stately the Peacock does
Take in the sights of his
Indian lair

What’s that you say? This one’s
Living in Canada?
How’d it get there?


Tallyby fallyby
Sitting and counting the
Birds from one spot can be
Quite leisurely

Though I’m still wondering
What do you do when you
All have to pee?


Checkity beckity
Counting all birds in the
Field isn’t solely for
those CBCs

Using a program like
eBird makes sure that the
Get what they need


Warblery darblery
Searching for Parids just
North of the city can
Show mixed returns

Though, nothwithstanding, the
Left from the run-in with
Ticks really burns

Germany dermany
Blog posts devoured by
Internet goblins makes
One want to weep

Fortunate functioning
Save the tableau from the
World wide junk heap


Beagley deagley
Darwin’s smart finches are
Famously known to be
Diverse and tame

Strange, then, that it’s a bit
Seeing in photos they
All look the same!


Higgledy piggledy
That’s all she wrote for this
Fourth time edition of
I and the Bird

Hope you enjoyed this here
Version, next time sending
Here is preferred

  1. June 10, 2010 10:02 am

    WOW, great work!

    • Nate permalink*
      June 10, 2010 10:57 am

      Higgledy piggledy
      Thank you Jan Axel for
      Leaving a comment on
      This blog post’s thread

      It’s quite amazing how
      Dactylic patterns get
      Stuck in your head

  2. June 10, 2010 11:49 am


    • Nate permalink*
      June 10, 2010 12:10 pm

      Higgledy piggledy
      Kind words from Ten thousand
      Birds busy bloggers are
      Welcomed indeed

      More so because of the
      Posting today of your
      Own poem screed

  3. June 10, 2010 12:55 pm




    • Nate permalink*
      June 10, 2010 1:13 pm

      Higgledy piggledy
      Comments from overseas
      Readers are always cause
      To celebrate!

      Specially so when the
      Differences there make the
      Time rather late!

  4. June 10, 2010 5:51 pm

    Nate: I ran out of breath trying to read all of this, I feel so bad that I did not take an English literature course in college so I could understand this better. I had to read it twice to get the full effect of your imaginative, creative, and Higgledy piggledy mind!

    • Nate permalink*
      June 10, 2010 6:43 pm

      Higgledy Piggledy
      I can imagine that
      Non-native speakers might
      Find this quite rough.

      Rest assured I find your
      English plus Spanish
      Impressive enough!

  5. June 10, 2010 11:35 pm

    Nicely done Nate. Bikity Spikity was an added touch. Time for me to lickity splitity. I have some blog browsing to do.

    • Nate permalink*
      June 11, 2010 8:23 am

      Higgledy piggledy
      Cheers for the compliments
      You’ll find some excellent
      Posts to pursue

      It was too tempting to
      Fail to include that there
      Thing that you do

  6. June 11, 2010 1:17 am

    Bravo Nate! What an incredible read! If I was more of a brainiac I would say something brilliant indeed!

    What a fantastic edition of IATB! Reading your post was so much fun, so many others to see, off I must run.

    • Nate permalink*
      June 11, 2010 8:35 am

      Higgledy piggledy
      Brilliance unnecessary
      I would not claim I have
      It more than most

      Specially credit seems
      Just a bit hasty when
      I lost your post 😉

  7. June 11, 2010 9:28 am

    Wonderful job! Appreciate the work you put into it!

    • Nate permalink*
      June 11, 2010 1:16 pm

      Higgledy piggledy
      You might be shocked that the
      Work putting in part was
      not too much time

      Real consequences are
      Dealing with spouses quite
      Tired of rhyme


  8. June 12, 2010 9:31 am

    Brilliant, Nate. Just brilliant.

  9. June 13, 2010 2:19 am

    Ripper Nate, gave me a good chuckle after a day’s hard work!

  10. Nate permalink*
    June 16, 2010 8:16 am

    Higgledy Piggledy
    Jason and Duncan, I
    Wish to respond with some
    Poetic heft

    Days have gone by and I
    Have to admit that I
    Have nothing left


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