Thursday, 24 April 2014

Grey wagtail

Today we walked along the Water of Leith from Roseburn via the Gallery of Modern Art (where we enjoyed some delicious cakes and coffee in the cafe garden) to Dean Village. Lots of birds along just a very short stretch of the river and Crafty Green Boyfriend caught this handsome grey wagtail on camera.

If you click on the image you'll get a better view.

The grey wagtail always seems too colourful for its name!

Much More than a Wall

great tits and bullfinches
and other small birds
gather the moss that grows in the wall

to line the nests they've secretly built
in the spaces between the stones
or in the ivy overhanging the wall.

Soon if you look closely
you'll see them carrying food
into the holes in the wall

and one day in late spring
the chicks will emerge
after a childhood spent living inside a wall.


today's prompt at NaPoWriMo was to write a poem about a wall.


I'm taking a short break from all things online over the next few days and shortly after I return I'll be doing a wee giveaway on this blog.  I'll still write a poem a day and will try to share them here when I get back!


TexWisGirl said...

wow! pretty thing!

Dartford Warbler said...

I agree, they are such pretty birds. I used to think that grey wagtails were yellow wagtails, until I saw a true yellow wagtail!

speedyrabbit said...

so pretty,xx

Ruthie Redden said...

I love wagtails, we only get the black and white ones here.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Quite a beautiful bird :)

Naquillity said...

what a beautiful bird. i would so enjoy walking around Water of Leith with you as there's always something to see and enjoy. loving your poems for napowrimo...

love what you did with that macrame piece... a jewelry holder is the perfect thing.

have a great day~

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a lovely walk and what a sweet bird -- yes, gray does sound way too dull for this beauty.

Enjoy your time away.