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The call of an American Goldfinch starts us off today on Avian Beauty which is something of a brand new journey for me. While I have hosted many podcasts in the past, they have always been about technology or photography – including bird photography. But at my heart – I am a birder first and decided to try my hand at sharing my knowledge of – and love for – birds. So welcome to Avian Beauty the podcast. There is a companion blog at and soon there will be a coffee table book produced, along with other interesting products that relate to the show. I’ll be here every Friday with a short podcast about one aspect of birding or maybe even just a quick note about one bird. These short duration podcasts are a perfect weekly pick me up for those who just need a moment to consider our avian neighbors and for those who may wish to go to my blog for more information.

This first show is what we call a placeholder show, this establishes the podcast in iTunes and other popular podcast applications, builds the RSS feed (that helps others find the show) and puts a stake in the ground for what I hope will become time we share together on a weekly basis.

Because this is a placeholder show, the rest of today’s inaugural episode is simply a poem by Robert Frost.

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stand still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.”
Here’s hoping this poem, helps you find some peace, joy, beauty and happiness today. Let’s try to be more like our feathered friends. Living in the moment – happy where we are.

In episode two, I’ll share some information about the only bird in the world that can fly backwards! I can’t wait.

Thanks for listening, be sure to visit for more bird inspiration and information. I’m Scott Bourne. Happy birding.

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