Birds 14 - Red Whiskered Bulbul Poem by Unnikrishnan Sivasankara Menon

Birds 14 - Red Whiskered Bulbul

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We have a compound
full of trees and shrubs
with flowers and fruit
spread around our house.

Every morning I wake up
to the melodious musical
rendition by birds numerous,
an experience beyond words!

One morning, at the first rays of sun
as I got out of the house
to pick up my newspapers,
I was stopped by the melody of a call
"pleased to meet you"!

Hearing the bird call familiar
looked up at the roof of the porch,
on the hanging light overhead
I noticed her "double head",

where she had built her nest
far from the reach of Pest,
my pet cat and had laid eggs,
and now sitting in incubation.

Red Whiskered Bulbul
has a tall pointed black crest,
red face patch like whiskers
and a thin black moustachial line.

Common in the plains of Kerala,
this bulbul has brown upper-parts
whitish underparts with buff flanks
a dark spur running onto the breast.

A frugivore, the bulbul likes
to inhabit close to human habitats
often nests on the roof and trees
feed on fruits, insects and nectar.

In just ten days or so
the eggs will hatch and
with tiny bundles of joy
the nest will be adorned,

another fortnight,
the chicks will fly off,
she will not stay back
in the nest any longer.

Notes: (1) "pleased to meet you"- the call of the Bulbul rhymes thus (2) "double head"- The Bulbul has a tall pointed black crest, hence called "double headed" (ഇരട്ടത്തലച്ചി) in Malayalam.
Rose Marie Juan-austin 22 November 2022

A beautiful poem that expresses in great detail the attributes and characteristics of Red Whiskered Bulbul.The vivid depiction and images made me at close range with this wonderful bird.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 26 November 2022

Best Poem of the Member OPoets 100 List as ranked on number 55, CONGRATS Dear Unnikrishnan. Amazing Poet, fascinating birds, fantastic poem

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Thank You, Sylvia, thank you bulbul!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 26 November 2022

eautiful place in nature, presented by so many trees, lovely and full of peace, the Red Whiskered Bul-Bul loves this cozy spot as their own home, like this in your home garden.. Amazing hospitality,5 Stars TOP Score. I love your poem very much, especially this red-whiskered bulbul

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Very true Sylvia. I love living here, in peace with nature, with the bulbuls, pigeons, doves, barblers, kites, sparrows, weaver birds, peacocks and whatnot. I feel at peace with me.

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Today this poem is ranked #52 in the List of Best Poems of Members, featured on PoemHunter. Thank You, PoemHunter. And thank you, all my fellow poets.

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Pallab Chaudhury 24 November 2022

A silent bulbul / on the fence wire is mourning / for the withered rose! Well penned one! Congrats!

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Your comment is poetry in itself. Beautiful. Thank You.

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LeeAnn Azzopardi 23 November 2022

I love this series on Birds Bravo!

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Thank You. I am an ardent birdwatcher, so this comes to me naturally.

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Unnikrishnan Sivasankara Menon

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