Favourite Bird Poems

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Subject: Favourite Bird Poems
From: Brian Hawkins <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 13:44:20 -0800 (PST)
Thank you to the many kind souls who replied to my query about bird poems.  
There were lots of poems that were new to me, or which I had read but forgotten.

I continue to welcome bird poems, but won't be able to reply for a couple of 
weeks (am off to Lamington National Park, among other places).

My own favourite bird poems would be Ode to a Nightingale, by John Keats, 
followed by To a Skylark, by Percy Shelley.

I also love this piece of writing from Jonathan Franzen's excellent memoir The 
Discomfort Zone: "the California towhee generally, the whole species, reliably 
uniform in its plumage and habits, was like a friend whose energy and optimism 
had escaped the confines of a single body to animate roadsides and back yards 
across thousands of square miles. [...] Taken as a whole, [birds] were like a 
companion with an inexhaustibly rich personality." 



"Brian Hawkins" <>
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:05 PM
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[Birding-Aus] Favourite Bird Poems

> G'day all,
> I am 
running a couple of walks, dealing with poetry about birds, at the upcoming 
Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 
(  I have many 
poems already, but there must be thousands of good bird poems that I don't know 
about.  So I was wondering:
> What are your favourite bird 
> Brian

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