January sparrows

upside-down sparrows
clown their delight
in bright berries –
all thronging songs
and fluffed-up browns –
bending stems in
ravenous affection
to the ground

© Sarah Whiteley

I’ve been watching the sparrows and robins attack the red berries across the street – no idea what the bush is, but it seems to bear their weight with good humor at least, always bouncing back and never breaking. I get a kick out of the sparrows especially, as they seem to have no concept of right-side up in the midst of their feasting frenzy – completely comical!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! And I’ll be swinging by shortly to catch up on some reading!



  1. with the cold temps, our birds have kept us busy filling the feeders – have had so many dive, sparrows, finches etc – love to hear them in the cedars – happy to read your beautiful words – happy new year – may it be filled with good things for you! K



    1. we have little bushtits in the neighborhood and they’re some of my favorite birds to watch – love the little songbirds 🙂 glad you enjoy yours as well! Happy New Year!



  2. No evidence of a single bird here among the deep snows of Maine..hard as the red berries on a bush outside my window try to attract them….

    “Bending stems in ravenous affection…” the deep “dip” of a couple dancing the tango came immediately to mind! Glad you’re back, Sarah. Happy new year.



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