Do Pheasants Count?
Counting birds, today, you say?
Well, don’t let me get in your way.
I’m only here to strut my stuff
and scoff some seeds, if there’s enough,
and then I’ll leave you to your count.
These chaffinches – they must amount,
for starters, to the biggest crowd.
(And then there’s me – am I allowed?)
Don’t forget young robin there;
the dunnocks, sparrows, and … but where
have all those daily starlings gone?
A census and that gang not on?
(These seeds are tasty by the way.
I might return another day.)
poem © Celia Warren 2012
If you have an hour to spare today or tomorrow, 28-29 January, do take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s very relaxing to sit, watch and count the birds in your garden, or an area you are visiting. Today this pheasant arrived, as if to say, Do I count?