This time of year
Mostly due to migration and lack of hydration
Most of the birds disappear.
Still largely in the single and less commonly in the pair,
When I do see them they are appreciatively greeted thusly:
To the Vermillion Flycatcher its hi Vermi
To the Loggerhead Shrike it’s hi Shrikey
To the Blue Grosbeak it’s hi Grossie
To the Golden-Fronted Woodpecker it’s hi Goldie
To the Streak-Backed Oriole it’s hi Streaky
To the Groove-Billed Ani it’s hey Ani
To the Curve-Billed Thrasher it’s hi Thrashie
To the exception which aren’t exceptional who are everywhere
Do you trashy House Sparrows always have to be here!