Like me most readers might be intrigued by the name of the bird. Well it so happened that wife of William Pitt Amherst, Governor General of Bengal (not
This bird’s status is uncommon but not endangered; they originally belong to the thick forest of south
Incidentally one of my all time favorite poet Emily Dickenson was born in Amherst (Massachuset, US). And yes she wrote this incredible poem ‘A bird came down the walk’. This poem is any birdwatchers delight, probably the best ever.
A bird came down the walk
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,--
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.
“Then he drank a dew. From a convenient grass. Hopped sidewise to the wall. To let a beetle pass. He glanced with rapid eyes”. This is typical behavior of bird- could be a sparrow or a magpie. The best is yet to come !!. The bird rejects the food offered and “unrolled his feathers. And rowed him softer home. Than oars divide the ocean”. These amazing lines one can associate with corvids (in particular crows) the languid flying like an oar dividing the sea ‘splashless as they swim’. You have to be an amazingly observant to write these lines. Even from birdwatchers point of view it is an absolute delight to read. The reason why Emily Dickenson was one of the best ever, it is meditative just like a haiku.
The painting herein is by Theo van Rysselberg (1862-1926), a Belgian painter who was pivotal in neo-impressionist movement in