Where do the birds go when it rains?

Where do the birds go when it rains?
Do they huddle on limbs, head bent,
no respite from the pelting drops
save oil-coated feathers?

Do the birds seek shelter
under the last clinging leaves of an autumn tree,
or under a man-made eave?

When the persistent drops fall from the sky,
wetting the limbs,
soaking the ground,
swelling the creek,
where do the birds find reprieve?

16 thoughts on “Where do the birds go when it rains?”

    1. I’ve been concerned about them, too, especially when we have hurricane and strong gale force winds. One wonders how they can hang on through those.

    1. That’s so good to know. I’ll have to watch for that. Three birds did startle me today when they popped out of my fall wreath on the front porch. Maybe they were taking shelter there.

  1. Hi Christine .. I suspect they’re better able to look after themselves in bad weather than we are! Good bushes, little crevices and then the bird feeder – love that little house – great thoughts .. Happy Thanksgiving .. cheers Hilary

    1. You’re right, of course. It’s just that I looked out the kitchen window and saw the dove huddled on the branch, and I realized that I never usually see birds out in the rain. I don’t suppose they like getting rained on anymore than we do.

      Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

  2. They simply endure, wearing their own private duvet, while we – humans – need all kinds of extra clothes. Beautiful cheery feather birds, lovely poem Christine.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Maybe not so for our earliest of ancestors. Perhaps we live a cushy life that’s made it more difficult for us to withstand the elements.

      But thanks for trying to make me feel better. I’m sure you’re right.


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