Today was a hallowed day. I haven’t had a day quite like it since the afternoon the flock of golden waxings descended on a bush in the backyard and ate berries. Today was also visited by birds – by a very special bird, a kingfisher. This was the very first time I had
ever seen a kingfisher in the wild. It was an incredible gift to see such a remarkable bird. I spied him perched on the power lines above a cornfield. I thought… “it couldn’t be, not here, but it sure looked like…” After a u-turn in the road to go back to him, he was unmistakably a kingfisher. He was glorious black-blue, with that sharp long beak, and great crested feathers. He dived off the power line and skimmed through the cornfield before flying back toward the car and resuming his perch. Wow! I couldn’t have been more thrilled. It was all the more a special encounter because I just happened to look up in time to see him and because kingfishers don’t normally frequent cornfields. They are riparian birds, amazingly talented hunters that dive into rivers to catch their food. They make their nests along the river’s edge so they can always listen to the laughing rivulets. They are one of my favorite birds. (I have a passion for birds with topknots or crests) and I’ve always wanted to see one. Today it happened in the most unlikely place – a true miracle. Here is a beautiful poem about kingfishers for you to enjoy with me.
It was the Rainbow gave thee birth,
And left thee all her lovely hues;
And, as her mother’s name was Tears,
So runs it in my blood to choose
For haunts the lonely pools, and keep
In company with trees that weep.
Go you and, with such glorious hues,
Live with proud peacocks in green parks;
On lawns as smooth as shining glass,
Let every feather show its marks;
Get thee on boughs and clap thy wings
Before the windows of proud kings.
Nay, lovely Bird, thou art not vain;
Thou hast no proud, ambitious mind;
I also love a quiet place
That’s green, away from all mankind;
A lonely pool, and let a tree
Sigh with her bosom over me.William Henry Davies
Blessings to you,