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Monday, March 10, 2014

Long Gone

long gone
the songs of yellowhammers
and shining cuckoos . . .
a day early I flip the calendar
to next month's page

A Hundred Gourds 3:1 (December 2013)


  1. What are yellowhammers? Are they native to New Zealand?

    1. Hi there - yellowhammers are a small sparrow-like bird with a bright yellow head. They were introduced from Britain by Acclimatisation Societies between 1865 and 1879. See this link for great photos and some more information. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/yellowhammer Thanks for your questions! :-)