I have new neighbours who are bird orientated, which makes a very pleasant change in an area where most people view birds with complete indifference or with malice. Chatting to them yesterday I was asked if I had seen the Red Kites. In shock I said no and asked where and when they had been seen. "Last Friday." came the reply "They were over your house and fields for about half an hour. There were two of them." I was stunned! Not only had I missed them, but they had actually been seen above my house, not just in the area, and I missed them! I have scanned the skies year after year in the hope of seeing Red Kites and when my eyes were averted the little B's come and visit!
Do you know the poem:
"We have fallen in the dreams the ever-living
Breathe on the tarnished mirror of the world,
And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh."
I often think of this poem, but instead of imagining the God's sighing, I think of them having an extremely good laugh at my expense: my neighbours seeing them, and telling me, is like the God's rubbing salt in the wound!
Oh well, hopefully they will come again and this time I will be looking in the right direction.
As I can't show a photo of a Red Kite I will show a moth instead. I think that this is a Silver-ground Carpet moth - id from a photo on Dean's blog - please correct me if I am wrong.