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The numbers I get wax and wane.  Some years I have a half dozen or more, 
this year only one pair.

They do totally earn their keep in winter.  Is there anything prettier 
than a cardinal in a snow-covered shrub?  I don't think so.

Jane
(Shoreham)


On 12/21/2013 6:13 PM, Lynette D. Reep wrote:
> Two chasing each other outside my home in Burlington this afternoon.
> Lynette
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> We have had no Cardinals this winter Usually many pairs.
> Marylyn Pillsbury
> So Hero
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>
> so wonderful, we have a cardinal couple at the feeder, so fortunate.
> thanks for the poem
> On Dec 21, 2013, at 3:43 PM, Patti Haynes wrote:
>
>> Happy Solstice birders!
>>
>> The following is a poem written by Mary Oliver that I felt fit the occasion:
>>
>>
>> RED BIRD
>>
>> Red bird came all winter
>> firing up the landscape
>> as nothing else could.
>>
>> Of course I love the sparrows,
>> those dun colored darlings,
>> so hungry and so many.
>>
>> I am a God-fearing feeder of birds.
>> I know He has many children,
>> not all of them bold in spirit.
>>
>> Still,for whatever reason----
>> perhaps because the winter is so long
>> and the sky is so black-blue,
>>
>> or perhaps because the heart narrows
>> as often as it opens---
>> I am grateful
>>
>> that red bird comes all winter
>> firing up the landscape
>> as nothing else can do.
>
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