Re: cormorants or shags?

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Posted by John Wilson on December 12, 2002 at 07:03:16 from user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: cormorants or shags? posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett on December 05, 2002 at 15:09:48:

It is from a poem on cormorants c1925, “The Common Cormorant”
by the novelist Christopher Isherwood acoording to the Oxford .... :

The common cormorant (or shag)
Lays eggs inside a paper bag,
You follow the idea, no doubt?
It’s to keep the lightning out.

But what these unobservant birds
Have never thought of, is that herds
Of wandering bears might come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.

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