A Small Hunting Friend – A Riddle


I’m gorgeous, and I’m useful, colorful and small

even though my feet are short, I’m still good at brawl.

My main food is insects, small reptiles, mammals, and more

from carrion I keep away, I prefer a wider soar.

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I’m unusually fast in moving, the wind carries me around

When I hunt, I’m very silent, but when I court, I make my sound.

I’m known to be quite talkative, my cry can be heard from far

to every student of ornithology, I’m a famous star.

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We are migratory fowl, in fall we are moving South

we spend the winter in Central America where we live in routh.

Back home up north ’till Canada, we return to breed our young

we sing, we dance, and so we court, we all act as sprung.

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We breed in caves, in old trees, and sometimes we use a nest

but to be honest, we don’t like to build, nestboxes are the best.

There we raise a couple youngsters, sometimes they’re also more

normal it is we have six babies, but rarely only four.

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I mentioned we are useful to many farmers in the countryside

we hunt vermin, critters, insects on their ground from far and wide.

we protect the crop with what we eat and they love our call

That’s why they love us hunting there, even though we’re only small.

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From Canada to Texas we are widely known and often seen

we’re not endangered, that is good, and we have never been.

I know it’s hard to guess my identity and that’s the game

That’s why I’ll tell you – American Kestrel – that’s my name.

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(Copyright: Aurora Jean Alexander, May 2020)


 

Picture courtesy of: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-kestrel

 

A Busy Worker – A Riddle


A hard working girl that’s what I am

from the day I’m born ‘til the day I die.

After a quite spoiled nursery,

my work will be valued high.

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There are 12,000 sorts of us

spread out in all regions of the Earth

even in the desert and the arctic circle

surviving heat and ice with mirth.

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Some of us exist under water,

deep in an Australian pond.

Our buddies in the desert run the fasted

With at least three feet per second.

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Our smallest sorts are tiny

Less than 1/3 an inch.

Our biggest friends are monsters

2 ¾ in. and they can bite and pinch.

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We all live in a monarchy

Mostly working girls and queen

The boys are good to fertilize

then they die and food they’ve been.

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We can carry 10 times our weight

We never rest or pant.

I guess you’ve figured out by now

Oh yes, I am an ant.

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(Copyright June 2018, Aurora Jean Alexander)


Picture courtesy of: https://www.popsci.com/ants-find-way-walk-backwards-navigation

The Little Buddy Wearing Makeup – A Riddle


It Looks like I wear glasses

my coat is silver gray

my hands and feet are very dark

all in all I look okay.

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I’m not limited to hunting

at night time or at dawn

one can find me all day long

with a face like Makeup on.

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It seems like I am washing

my food before I eat;

this is just a fairy tale

but believe me, it looks sweet!

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A huge trouble-maker

that is how I’m known.

People seem to want us

but no family, just alone.

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We look very cute and friendly

but hell, can we get pissed

when one day you feed and spoil us

the next day we get dissed.

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It’s true we can be hand-raised

tamed and trained to see

but please just do remember

we want to be wild and free.

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I am no pet to keep at home

to hug and smooch and swoon.

by now you might have guessed

I am the cute racoon!

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(Copyright: Aurora Jean Alexander, January 2018)

Picture courtesy of: http://www.google.com