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The Bullfinch

The Bullfinch,

A striking bird,

Often seen

In monogamous pairs,

Male and female with pink-red

And grey breast feathers

Respectively,

Selectively tears

At the juiciest winter buds,

Thus giving it

The status of a pest

Amongst fruit growers, gardeners

And the like.

However, I notice

That come the spring,

Hawthorn,

So severely attacked

In the cold months

December to March,

Flowers profusely as always,

Its vigour and health

Little impaired,

Suggesting the scorn

Levelled at the Bullfinch

To be, probably,

Somewhat unfair.


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