haiku Challenge

haiku  is a traditional  Japanese style of non-rhyming poem that has become popular in many languages. It usually appears as three lines – one of five syllables, one of seven and one of five – and the subject is often the natural world. 

Each of the following haikus describes a British bird – all of them common in Derbyshire, often in gardens. Can you work out what they are?

 Many thanks to Matlock Area u3a member Will Martin who has written the haikus

Love-doves on their branch.

Happy nuzzling and grooming

they’re collared for life

 Collared Dove

The clue’s in his name.

In dazzling pink jacket he

bosses the feeders.

 Bull Finch

Our bird’s of summer,

curving fast on sickle wings,

shrieking at the sun.


The gangster’s in town

black and white bruiser with his

rat-a-tat call card.


She waits, silent,still.

Then with a lightening-fast lunge,

She harpoons her fish


Cheeky,chirpy chap.

He’s not a cockney here, though

-more a Hackney lad.

House Sparrow