Posts Tagged ‘Jane Beal’

Yellow Socks

Benicia, CA


American White Pelicans


Photograph by Jane Beal

Two Pelicans at Twilight

Strange angels have come down from the sky,

white and shining, with orange mouths, open –

they never leave one another’s side.

I see this picture of loyalty on the lake

as the Sun goes down.


Psalms for the God of Birds
(in progress)


Bonelli Regional Park
La Verne, CA

Spotted Owl


This morning, when there was not yet bright light in the sky, I was walking across the University of La Verne Campus. I saw a bird crouched behind the leopard statue beneath one of our giant oak trees in Sneaky Park. It flew up from the ground to one of the oak-tree branches. I was sure from the shape of its head that it was an owl, not a hawk, though I was surprised it was still abroad in the morning! I quietly walked under the oak-tree canopy and looked up, and the owl turned her head to look at me:  her eyes were so dark! The dark eyes, along with the large size of the bird, confirmed that I was looking at a Spotted Owl — a rare bird these days, but one that does live in oaks near the San Gabriel Mountains. After we had looked into each other’s eyes for a few moments, the owl swooped away across the street into the branches of another oak tree. I went to my class, where I was teaching (among other poems), Tennyson’s “The Eagle” — and I couldn’t help mentioning my first owl of the day!

  • The image I share here captures the pose of the bird I saw this morning, tho’ of course this one is in a pine tree.

Green Heron

Photos by Alice Holthuis


Birdwatching in Bonelli Regional Park

O the joy of birdwatching at Bonelli Regional Park! On the very first morning that I woke up in La Verne, which was the day after the solar eclipse, I saw a black-crowned night heron (very special), muscovy ducks, and Indian runner ducks (three first-time IDs for me) as well as several American coots, Canadian geese, mallard ducks, killdeer, starlings, brown-headed cowbirds, swallows, and a snowy egret that came gliding across the lake through the mist like an angel from another world. Beautiful!

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with my friend, Gemma de Luna,
visiting from Chicago

“Haiku for Joy” by Jane Beal



black phoebe darting

between the white-barked birch trees –

you welcome me home


La Verne, CA

“Haiku for Vivian” by Jane Beal

rooftopcrows (1)

a murder of crows

on the San Pedro rooftops –

cawing at daybreak


San Pedro, CA