Francis Duggan

The Silver Billed Magpies - Poem by Francis Duggan

I often hear them singing on a moonlit night
And in the gray dawn and the fading twilight
The silver billed magpies birds I often do hear
In fact they do sing every day of the year
Their familiar notes one can never get wrong
The black and white birds with the beautiful song
For their aggressive nature they are quite well known
But as songsters they are in a class of their own
It can be said of them in bravery they do not lack
At nesting time even humans they've been known to attack,
Insects, worms, slugs, mice and small birds they do kill and eat
To their taste buds such things must taste very sweet
Near where humans live they are happy to stay
The Australian magpies I see them every day.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 21, 2009

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