First Bird 2024 | Black-Eyed Junco
2024
Gouache on Paper
BUY
95

Qualities of Junco in a Poem by JC Wayne:


Snowbird,

a blizzard in multitudes,

spread across the lands.

Know-bird,

many-tongued

sounding when it's

time for caution.

Sensitive, aware,

camouflage and puffer-chic,

nested to the ground.

First Bird 2023 | Chickadee
2023
Pencil on Paper

Qualities of Chickadee in a Poem by JC Wayne:


Birders say...

the first bird

you see in the new year

sets the tune

for the annual trek

ahead

A little late

to the table

and far afield

walking in Stowe,

I saw my first

on January 6th -

Friend Chickadee:

chipper, cheery,

cooperative

in crowd community,

welcoming other

avian cousins to the fold;

curious, quizzical,

companion in childhood

at the Berkshires cabin,

carbon eyes

looking liquid charcoal gaze,

courageous, chivalrous

chipping the warning call

near and far for all,

communicator

charting the way clear

with cartographer's

confabulous zeal.