For the Monday dVerse haibun prompt “birdsongs“:
The sky is white and the air autumn-cool. Inside the children are eating breakfast, packing bags, looking for lost things. Outside, I throw scraps and a saucepan-scoop of pellets to the pig, and a scoop of wheat to the hens.
The rosellas swoop in, to perch chittering and bickering in the bent brittlegum by the chicken coop, waiting for me to leave. Among the brilliant reds and blues of the adults are a few youngsters not yet in full-dress plumage, but still in their dull cami greens. They are flamboyantly beautiful brats, especially the adults. Unable to share, they chase each other away so none has much chance to feed.
Circling the house, I pour a little wheat into each feeder. At the front I disturb the chough family who have arrived early. They hop and whistle back into the tree line, in their dignified black coats with only a fan of white lining showing when they spread their wings. Always together, like a close-knit family of undertakers, the choughs alight together at the feeder, all eight forming a black flower – heads down, tails up, as they share a meal.
The sky falls, screaming –
the cockatoos have arrived.
The small birds scatter.
33 responses to “the breakfast rush”
What a wonderful haibun! I particularly like the haiku! That fabulous falling sky. And also the image of the choughs as a close-knit family of undertakers. LOL I have a soft spot for choughs.
Thanks Worms 🙂
I love watching the chough family trundling around the place. It’s nice to see more of them this year.
Oh, yes you do have the Fall chill coming on! The birds will eat all the more as it gets colder. Love your descriptions of the pigs and chickens as well as the birds. Well done!
Thanks Dwight. 🙂 It is indeed starting to get colder now, but there are lots of young birds around still.
So, your birds fly north for the winter? How odd that sounds to us!
Yep, the migratory ones do. Some people go south here for the winter – for skiing. 🙂
Lovely description — all dispersed by hour haiku’s arrival…
I really enjoyed yours too, the bird on the tank gun turret. Amazing images.
It must be amazing to have cockatoos visit a feeder. We don’t have them here in the wild, they would never survive the harsh weather.
They’re very common here, and we’re lucky not to have huge flocks of them coming to the house. They’re very noisy and can be destructive. They are fun though. 🙂
I really liked your black bird poem for this prompt, and the previous one “sing to us”. Blogspot doesn’t show a “like” button for me though.
Enjoyed your prose very much, and also the haiku. Screaming cockatoos is so descriptive!
Thank Carol 🙂
Quite obvious who is the boss of the feeder territory! I can feel the busy scrambling of your morning!
The cockatoos are the biggest and loudest of the seed eaters. 🙂 But there are wedgetailed eagles nesting nearby, and when they cruise by even the cockatoos shut up.
Love the personalities you give the birds – the flamboyant brattish chickens, the choughs in their dignified black coats. Great ending haiku too. That’s quite a start to your morning!
Thanks Marion 🙂 I do really enjoy my morning lap of the house, when I’m not in a rush. So good to just stop and listen to the birds. 🙂
It is a great way to kick off the day. Can’t imagine not being able to hear birds sing and chatter.
I would really miss it if I couldn’t. 🙂
Nice one. I love the birds. Choughs are a favourite.
Thanks Sean. We’ve had the same chough family (I’m pretty sure) around for years. I love the way they stick together.
Artist Neil Douglas wrote about having a relationship with White-winged Choughs at his home that he was convinced involved a degree of mutual understanding.
Hmmm… I have noticed they don’t scatter as far when I get close to them as they used to. And I’m noticing more about them – the young one that is still fed sometimes by the others, etc. Perhaps that’s a beginning of some understanding.
Fascinating write Kate, and fascinating bird, in a slightly intimidating way! 🙂✌🏼❤️
They can be a bit full on – very cocky 😉
I enjoyed this so much and love the haiku
Thanks Debi 🙂
Perfect title. You have your hands full! Loved all the descriptive ways you painted their personalities and behaviours.
Thank you Mish 🙂
Thanks to your beautiful description, I could picture the entire scene. Kate, wonderful writing.
Thank you Usha ❤
Amazing…. for me those are so very exotic birds.
🙂 My daughter finds the pigeons exotic when we see one in the city.