Wednesday, November 4, 2009
moss and feathers
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a day of rainshowers. in between, fragments of blue sky. and this bird. sitting there, on the roof of a garden shack. looking towards the southern horizon. it's a Gartenrotschwanz - and with that, a migrating bird. the other birds of its kind are gone already. this one is still here. it's easy to recognize it: it's the only with white wing feathers.
i wonder if it decided to stay. to not take the journey. i think of it as an ancestor bird, one that has the gift to turn into a ghost bird during winter, to sidestep the elements, the usual circle of arrivals and departures.
then again, maybe it's just looking for the last insects.
(and now i just looked up the english word for Gartenrotschwanz: Common Redstart).