青い鳥: Bluebirds – haiku

bluebirds fluttering
around their house: happy dance
in the golden sun

free public domain image

free public domain image

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Line
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 13:01:41

    Oh, I love love love this post!!! 🙂 It is so sweet and happy and friendly and full of joy! I love the image you chose and I love the image you created in my imagination with your beautiful Haiku! 🙂

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 13:07:54

      I wish you could see them! they have been nesting in the same house for 13 years. I have other houses of younger birds. These may not be the original couple but could be their offspring. Usually shy, you can get bluebirds used to you so they stay happy and don’t mind you. In fact, my bluebirds know that if I start whistling, they go to a certain birdbath to find I'[ve put out mealy worms for them. I’ve even had one little fellow sit on my shoulder. it is so miraculous!!!! They truly are birds of happiness. and so incredibly blue – like the summer sky. You would fall in love.

      Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:01:42 +0000
      To: thspencer51@hotmail.com

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  2. cindy knoke
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 13:11:31

    gorgeous!

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  3. forgottenmeadows
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 13:12:09

    made me happy reading it 🙂

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  4. kennymack2
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 13:29:01

    Beautiful Haiku about my favourite bird. I had this thought while looking down from my bedroom window. What could they see scattered on the lawn from the electric wires that they take an hour flying up and down to feed on whatever little beakful it is.?

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  5. seeker
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 15:55:08

    All I’ve see in the wild is the Blue Jays unless I go to the pet store. Love the Haiku.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 16:07:17

      TThey are all over the place in parts of the US. I have several bluebird houses in my backyard, as do many other people. Even in the city, houses with a bit of yard have birdhousez and feeders for all kinds of birds. You see cardinals, jays, bluebirds, doves as well as sparrows and wrens. Even you had the woodpecker. All kinds of birds are about in thr cities, country, wild in the southern US.

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      • seeker
        Jul 02, 2014 @ 01:27:32

        I suppose having a feeder in your backyard helps attract all kinds of feathered friends.

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        • kanzensakura
          Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:57:06

          It does! several feeders, water, places for them to perch, houses…it’s like Kanzen’s Bird Amusement Park! “But truly, everywhere is a lot of birds. And downtown, nestming among certain buildings are peregrine falcons!!! How incredible is that? I guess they find the high buildings and pigeon population just what they need.

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  6. FlaHam
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 16:19:20

    Kanzen, I can’t remember the last time I saw blue birds, especially as vivid as these are. I see some cardinals from time to time here in Tampa, but being honest I don’t notice a lot of birds, at least not as many as there were up north . Thanks for the wonderful picture. Bill

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 02, 2014 @ 08:20:14

      That was something mama noticed as soon as she moved down that way – not as many birds and she would be one to notice. Lots of waterfowl. And there are a lot of birds in the eastern seaboard, esp. around this area. My bluebird visitors are an incredible blue. I think a lot of it has to do with season and food. Goldfinches are that day glo yellow in spring and summer and fade in fall and winter – cammoflage. You have a nice day and hugs!

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  7. kennymack2
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 18:08:07

    People refer to doves as being peaceful? I’m sure you’ve heard their loud wingslaps and looked up to see them going at it. I think bluebirds are the only specie that sounds like a true whistle, while warbling.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 18:41:08

      Then you haven’t heard cardinals. they have a lovely sweet chirpy trill. little finches also have sweet little whistles. Dove have a low, soft whirring coo, at least the ones around here do.

      Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:08:08 +0000
      To: thspencer51@hotmail.com

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      • kennymack2
        Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:14:50

        I must pay more attention. We have two cardinals that have gotten used to taking showers from the sprinkler and at times would entice me to turn it on the minute I pull into the driveway. They would take up positions each on ‘their’ same branch and actually do a kind of body quivering/shaking and wing fluttering till I turn on the sprinkler. The have me trained. They must know the sound of the jeep. But I can never find their nest. And yes birds do knkow bird people and will follow you around within feet in some places.

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        • kanzensakura
          Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:54:43

          We’ve had a family and generations of that family of bluebirds in our yard for the past 13 years. I have put out more houses and feeders. Cardinals are not as vocal but you will hear that sweet trill usually, when it is very still. The bluebirds know when I start to whistle a certain tune, to go to a low bird bath. I don’t put water in it, I put out mealy worms for them so they know their treat is out and ready for them. I have one who will sit on my shoulder and another that has come to my hand a couple of times. That is like magic.

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  8. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 19:20:22

    Birds are magic especially when they accept you. Love the birds in your picture. Your poem is awesome and brings back memories.
    I used to have budgies…yes, I mean little budgies. When I had them birds would come near me at the beach. They seemed to accept me when I was ‘just’ THERE.
    One summer I spent watching the birds in my back yard. Where did they come from? And so many? Was it because I unconsciously invited them? Surely not. Magic, you see.

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  9. Chess
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 19:37:48

    So beautiful.

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  10. Julia M
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 20:31:22

    Beautiful post 🙂

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  11. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 12:29:45

    Beautiful haiku and photo. ❤

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  12. SirenaTales
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 14:44:10

    Exquisite dance of words and image, Kanzen. Thank you. xoxo

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  13. el34ax7
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 22:00:44

    Now this is something to crow about. Thanks for reminding me that haiku, and poetry in general, can be, and is often much better, when it’s fun and celebratory, not brooding and hyper-soul-searching serious.

    This is a delight.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 07, 2014 @ 22:27:02

      Thank you. We’vd had bluebirds nesting for 13 years – generations of the first. I have houses all about the yard and they know me. I’ll go out and whistle a certain tune and they flock to a certain birdbath (without water) where I give them a treat of mealy worms. One little fellow perches on my shoulder and another wll eat out of my hand. They make me happy. One cannot brood when there are bluebirds about!

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