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Exploring Nature
Exploring Nature

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

The new year is off to a fine start around my place. In the past few days, I have been delighted to see yellow-rumped warblers, fondly called “butter-butts” by some folks. I’ve also seen ladder-backed and golden-fronted woodpeckers. All were attracted by a hanging block of suet – peanut variety.

I am a big fan of black oil sunflower seeds in a hanging feeder, plus suet blocks in plastic cages. Combined with a birdbath filled with clean water, these are bird magnets which combine to attract all sorts of avian visitors.

Seeing these nifty birds inspired me to create a poem. And that inspired me to create a poetry contest, more specifically, a poetry contest devoted to birds and other wildlife.

The rules are simple. Keep the poem relatively short, make it rhyme — no blank verse, please — and submit it prior to Feb. 20. Use postal mail service and send your entry to Jerry Hall, 750 Cypress Creek Lane, Wimberley, Texas 78676.

Be sure you provide a correct return address and also a phone number so I can notify you if you win and send you your winning prize, which will be a $50 bill. I will also include your winning poem in a future column.

Good luck to one and all, and here is a poem of my own to show you what I have in mind:

Watching Birds

Watching birds is really great,

They flit, they fly, they fascinate.

Colorful feathers soaring high,

Among the clouds and in the sky,

I enjoy all birds, butterflies, too;

I hope the same is true for you!

Surely you can do better than that. Remember, deadline for entries is Feb. 20. Don’t delay, send that poem in today.

San Marcos Record

(512) 392-2458
P.O. Box 1109, San Marcos, TX 78666