augury doggerel

Tuesday, April 08, 2003


Two white storks (Ciconia ciconia) in the white sky, flying north into the snow and wind. They munch locusts all winter in southern and eastern Africa, then fly back here before Easter to nest. Coming home, they follow the Nile valley across the Sudan and Egypt, skirt the Mediterranean over Arabia and Turkey, and then across eastern Europe to Poland. The early ones will have a hard time in this lingering winter.


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