2027. It was the Rainbow gave thee birth

This is a personal reflection which could be construed as a story. Outside my window, especially in the early mornings, there are usually two or three kingfishers sitting on the fence looking down into the long grass. Suddenly one of them will swoop down, gather something, and return to the fence. Presumably they are looking for insects or lizards or worms or whatever.

I like them. At primary school we were given a poem to learn off by heart by William Henry Davies called The Kingfisher:

 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 thy blood to choose 
 For haunts the lonely pools, and keep 
 In company with trees that weep. 

In all my years I have always wanted to find a kingfisher’s nest and never have. They peck a tunnel/cave into a dirt bank and raise a family in there. The local farmer said that at the back of his farm there is a bank where the kingfishers have their nests. And then…

Just out my window, on a clay bank, a pair of kingfishers pecked a hole! They dug a cave and presumably laid some eggs. I didn’t like to go too near lest a disturbance drove them away. Things settled down. I rarely saw the pair but could hear them calling all the time with their repetitive call. Meanwhile the bank below the hole was collecting more and more poo.

That’s all there is to see. No sight of babies, but poo poo poo.

A hole in a bank, repetitive calls, and poo poo poo. I’ve always been a bit of a romantic.

24 thoughts on “2027. It was the Rainbow gave thee birth

  1. craig

    It’s pretty much a stroke of genius to use your front door for a latrine! Think of all the undesirable callers who will be kept away! Perhaps I shall give this a try!

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I like most American accents – although not that keen on the New England region (President Kennedy) accent. When I was at the Grand Canyon (alone) I asked this tourist couple to take my photo. They obliged. They were from Texas. OMG!!! I couldn’t believe the accent – and it was so slow! I’ve since learned to like it!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Gosh! Over here kingfishers are quite common – I presume a different species of kingfisher from yours because it’s a native – and quite green on the back with a yellowish breast. In fact at present they are driving me a bit batty with their loud repetitive chirps – one lower note followed by four higher notes (sometimes five higher notes – that’s what drives me batty counting the chirps!!!)


      1. Andrea Stephenson

        It’s not that they’re uncommon, but I don’t live near any suitable rivers or streams – the river here is very big and urban – when I’ve seen one it’s been in the dene by the small burn but they mustn’t stay all year round.

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