The Dawn Chorus – Bird Kennings

Last week, we talked about the Dawn Chorus, and wrote some poems in an ancient Anglo Saxon style about some of our favourite birds. The Kenning is a form of poetry that is like a riddle. Can you guess which birds we are describing?

1.

Territory defender
Winter visitor
Christmas card model
Night Singer
People liker
Red breasted

2.

Early alarm caller
Black and glossy
Orange beak and eye
Secret revealer
Nursery rhyme pie ingredient
Gardener’s friend

3.

Swift and turquoise
Fish diver
Riverbank dweller
Water watcher
Branch sitter

Answers
1. Robin

robin

Robin

2. Blackbird

Blackbird-6

Blackbird

3. Kingfisher

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Kingfisher

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