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Fife Writes

Susan Grant - MIGRANTS


Driven by winter circumstances
from their homelands
a flight of fieldfares 
comes for sanctuary
to this Scottish shore.

Glorious orange berries 
tantalising, plentiful, still
cluster on sea buckthorn
in early February.
Encouraged, waxwings
and snow buntings
join in the feast, risking
barbs of thorn bushes
in their desperation.

Native blackbirds "tut, tut"
but tolerate, learn to share
and feed together.

But there is always danger,
for the sparrow hawk will strike.

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