I might be talking about the stock markets, which currently seem hell bent on destroying my pension fund but all things must pass. I hope this is nothing but a squall. St. Matthew was a cheery chap. Did you know that? Well of course Rod did.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
And as some wag once added: Wednesday will be cloudy with scattered showers.
Luckily today is only Tuesday. I went out early. After days of warm sun the dawn was cool, dull and without any obvious interesting birds. I found one eventually that clearly did not want to be photographed. Today’s philosophical conundrum is: why do decent birds choose the ugliest places to perch? Example:A scruffy bit of fencing half obscured by foliage. That was it. Good morning and good-bye. Exit Red-throated Flycatcher stage left. I suspect the shot below is the same bird as it was taken in the same location but 6 weeks earlier. It led me a merry dance, never a clean line of sight.The lunar new year celebrations are over more or less. Normal service is restored. I heard firecrackers this morning. Probably a few left-overs. Just enough to scare the birds witless. The year of the horse is galloping away from the stalls and heading towards the first fence. My aim is to be the Foinavon of the year. Now that’s showing my age. Oh and to avoid the famines, pestilences and earthquakes. Jolly inconvenient.
If you scroll through the comments you will find a short verse by Mike K., one of HK’s most accomplished birders. I wanted to bring it into the main blog. It is clever as the Red-throated Flycatcher is also known as a Taiga Flycatcher…………….
Taiga taiga burning bright
On ugly wire – but in plain sight
“Not good enough” says A, “for I”
“Who’d frame thee else, in simple tree.”
With apologies to William Blake . . .