Sunday, December 21, 2008


I was going to post a list of the birds I’ve seen at my feeder lately, but then I decided, why just make a boring list when I can sing a song, right? So here’s a little something I wrote for the occasion. Now, I can’t vouch for the exact nose (beak) count of every bird on the list, but you get the idea. Well (throat clearing noises) here goes. And please, feel free to sing along!

On the 12th day of Christmas, my feeder gave to me…

Twelve speckled starlings
Eleven brown-head cowbirds
Ten plain brown sparrows
Nine slate-gray juncos
Eight redwing blackbirds
Seven tree-e sparrows
Six shiny grackles
Five go-old finches
Four female cardinals*
Three woodpeckers**
Two mourning doves
and a Fox Sparrow sitting on snow***

* or maybe the same one, four times!
** trust me, there was one in the other tree
*** didn’t get that shot, darn!

A Holiday Message

The Cloud Messenger wishes very Happy Holidays to all my fellow bloggers. Thank you all for you kind and generous comments here. Also, thank you for your own wit and wisdom, the occasional righteous indignation and well-placed zingers! You have such big hearts and gentle souls, and are all a great source of inspiration and joy!

While I will be around from now until the end of the year, and visiting your new posts, too, I may post here a bit less often, and maybe not join in as many weekly memes, because I’m really going to push to finish a new manuscript I’ve been putting off working on for too long. I’ll be back at full strength first thing in the New Year!


Lin said...

love your good luck with the manuscript-way to go.

Sylvia K said...

Always love your songs, poems, whatever! Wish you well with your manuscript. I'm entering one in the Amazon contest in February. Have a lovely holiday!

SandyCarlson said...

Delightful! Your generous heart attracts such a nice range of visitors to the feeder.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Deborah... Your Bird Carol is WONDERFUL. I'm so glad you have so many birds at your feeders.

You have so much talent. We'll miss you---but we hope you get your manuscript done. This blogging can become addictive, can't it??? ha

Merry Christmas to you and yours,

magiceye said...

that was lovely!
best wishes in finishing that manuscript!

no am not an entomologist :) just love to click all thats beautiful..

Jeeves said...

Lovely- Picture, carol and post. Merry christmas

Pam said...

Here's to your writing efforts... may the muse be strong within you. Love the Christmas bird count poem. Made me think of my father-in-law, he does so love birds.


I have come here from Ms. Kathie's blogs. I have read some of your posts and wold like to revisit.

If you like short stories and paintings, then a short visit to my blogs would be a refreshing event.

Naval Langa

Rose said...

Great song--I did sing along. In spirit. As my husband is still asleep, my singing would wake the dead so I just did it mentally. But I did enjoy it.

Good luck on your endeavors.

bobbie said...

That is just lovely. And so very clever. Fun!

Raven said...

Loved the song and the photos! Well done.