Thanks to modern technology, we now spend our long commutes back and forth to gymnastics listening to audiobooks. This month we’re listening to The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession. It’s a (surprisingly) funny book both about the history of birding in North America and 3 men who spend a year trying to break the North American record for seeing the most birds in one year. (My 7 and 11 year old keep asking me “Are you sure this is a true story?”)
I’m not nearly as obsessed with birds as the three men in the book, but before we had kids my husband and I used to enjoy birding. We even spend our anniversary one year at an Audubon birding retreat. So between listening to a book about a passion for birds, sketching birds, and working on a monthly journal quilt that features a bird I have been thinking about birds. A lot.
While listening to a lengthy description of the history of birding guides, I remembered of one of my favorite books from when I was a kid, How to Tell the Birds from the Flower. To my delight, I found the book online and the kids and I sat and read it. It is every bit as charming and tongue-in-cheek funny as I remembered from my childhood. The book gives distinguishing characteristics to help you tell apart look-alike birds and flowers. So if you need to tell apart a hen and lichen, you should note:
The Lichens lie on rocks and bark,
They look somewhat like Hens:
Hens lay, they lie, we may remark,
A difference of tense.
To read more poetry, visit the Poetry Friday Roundup hosted this week by Gathering Books.