When I am mowing grass between
the growing Christmas trees,
I often see the red-winged bird
perched high observing me.
If I turn the loud mower off
I’ll hear his scolding cry
a Konk-la-ree, a Konk-la-ree,
and then away he’ll fly.
Is he critiquing how I mow?:
Hey you there! Watch-that-tree!
No, there’s a female nesting near,
– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, April 6, 2015