starings

Another poem, from UK

We’re starlings, the misses, meself and the boys,
We don’t go round hopin‘, we walks.
We don’t go in for this singing all day,
And twittering about, we just squawks.


We don’t go in for these fashionable clothes,
Like old Missel Thrush, and his spots,
Me breast isn’t red, there’s no crest on me head,
We’ve got sort of, hardwearing…dots.


We starlings, the misses, meself and the boys,
We’ll eat anything that’s about,
Well anything but that old half coconut,
I can’t hold it still. I falls out.


What we’d rather do, is wait here for you,
To put out some bread for the tits,
And then when we’re certain, you’re there by the curtain,
We flocks down and tears it to bits.


But we starlings, the misses, meself and the boys,
We reckon that we’re being got at,
You think for two minutes, them finches and linnets,
You never sees THEM being shot at.


So the next time you comes out to sprinkle the crumbs out,
And there’s starlings there, making a noise,
Don’t you be so quick to heave half a brick,
It’s the misses, meself and the boys!

Poem by Pam Ayres



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From: Tony Russell <pratincole08@gmail.com&gt;
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Geoff  do you have a similar thing for Indian Miners.  They have a much
nicer song.?

On Sun, 19 Feb 2023, 23:41 Jason Polak, <jpolak@jpolak.org&gt; wrote:


I also liked the poem a lot. I read it aloud and it was very nice. I don’t
like that there are invasive species but we are the most invasive of all of
them by far, and the cause of most other invasions also.

Jason

On 2023-02-18 8:54 p.m., MADELON LANE wrote:

Love the poem, increasingly I see our poor planet on a trajectory to

something rather like hell for it?s current inhabitants and am grateful for
the company of all species, who apart from humans, are unknowingly on this
journey into the future together.


On Sun, 19 Feb 2023 at 6:46 am, Geoff Ryan <geoffryanster@gmail.com

<mailto:geoffryanster@gmail.com&gt;> wrote:


   My contribution to the Starling discussion:

   *THE COMMON STARLING*


   The common starling’s not the darling

   Of humans in this land

   But why decried and vilified

   I do not understand.


   Is it their success and life prowess

   Producing swirling flocks

   Most common bird seen or heard

   ‘Round Eastern farming blocks.


   A pleasant call, not harsh at all

   Iridescent breeding plume

   Their beauty’s there for all to share

   Not admired, I presume.


   They fill a niche increasing rich

   Spawned by crops and farms

   But also feast on bugs and beast

   Protecting crops from harm.


   Do they enjoy or just destroy

   A farmers right to earn

   Reducing grain and thus the gain

   To a point of no return?


   Perhaps the hatred’s more predated

   Bequeathed by English vile

   Colonial error a foreign terror

   Enough to churn our bile.


   We in the East must try at least

   To accept their subtle charm

   Whereas the West must do its best

   To keep starlings off the farm.


   /Geoff Ryan/

   2016








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Mynahs

On Mon, 20 Feb 2023, 08:45 Tony Russell, <pratincole08@gmail.com&gt; wrote:


Geoff  do you have a similar thing for Indian Miners.  They have a much
nicer song.?

On Sun, 19 Feb 2023, 23:41 Jason Polak, <jpolak@jpolak.org&gt; wrote:


I also liked the poem a lot. I read it aloud and it was very nice. I
don’t like that there are invasive species but we are the most invasive of
all of them by far, and the cause of most other invasions also.

Jason

On 2023-02-18 8:54 p.m., MADELON LANE wrote:

Love the poem, increasingly I see our poor planet on a trajectory to

something rather like hell for it?s current inhabitants and am grateful for
the company of all species, who apart from humans, are unknowingly on this
journey into the future together.


On Sun, 19 Feb 2023 at 6:46 am, Geoff Ryan <geoffryanster@gmail.com

<mailto:geoffryanster@gmail.com&gt;> wrote:


   My contribution to the Starling discussion:

   *THE COMMON STARLING*


   The common starling’s not the darling

   Of humans in this land

   But why decried and vilified

   I do not understand.


   Is it their success and life prowess

   Producing swirling flocks

   Most common bird seen or heard

   ‘Round Eastern farming blocks.


   A pleasant call, not harsh at all

   Iridescent breeding plume

   Their beauty’s there for all to share

   Not admired, I presume.


   They fill a niche increasing rich

   Spawned by crops and farms

   But also feast on bugs and beast

   Protecting crops from harm.


   Do they enjoy or just destroy

   A farmers right to earn

   Reducing grain and thus the gain

   To a point of no return?


   Perhaps the hatred’s more predated

   Bequeathed by English vile

   Colonial error a foreign terror

   Enough to churn our bile.


   We in the East must try at least

   To accept their subtle charm

   Whereas the West must do its best

   To keep starlings off the farm.


   /Geoff Ryan/

   2016








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I do so agree with all that has been said re starlings.  Humans have introduced these birds/animals.  They had no day in the matter.



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