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Townsend's Warbler

Pipilo maculatus

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Photo Credit: Carrie Steingruber


Townsend's Warbler


Gold sparkles behind

curtain of leaves, you, tiny

gem, examine me.

Small and curious

treasure, swoop, investigate

with your shining eyes. 

A black mask distracts 

from your cheerful nature–a 

bandit you are not. 

Braver than others

you stand your ground and stare back, 

fiery and bold 

Over paths, you perch alone–

topaz sentry, forest throne. 

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