The Yellowhammer

by John Clare (1793-1864)

When shall I see the white thorn leaves agen
And yellowhammers gath’ring the dry bents
By the dyke side on stilly moor or fen
Feathered wi love and natures good intents
Rude is the nest this Architect invents
Rural the place wi cart ruts by dyke side
Dead grass, horse hair and downy headed bents
Tied to dead thistles she doth well provide
Close to a hill o’ ants where cowslips bloom
And shed o’er meadows far their sweet perfume
In early Spring when winds blow chilly cold
The yellowhammer trailing grass will come
To fix a place and choose an early home
With yellow breast and head of solid gold.


16 thoughts on “Yellowhammer

      1. Your Yellowhammers look similar to our Yellow Warblers. We do have the Northern Flicker, the state bird for Alabama. It is a large, brown woodpecker that Alabama nicknamed ‘yellowhammer’ from its yellow-shaft of the wings only seen when they fly. So we only have a bird nick-named yellowhammer. Thanks for asking, I learned something myself! 🙂

    1. Last night I found it. It seems John Clare wrote two poem about Yellowhammers. And I also found one written by Thomas Hardy.

      I am glad you like this photo.

      Thank you.

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