Monday, April 1, 2013

Chiffchaff eggs

The Chiffchaff,  and a nest of Chiffchaff eggs

I've always wondered what the Chiffchaff looked like, since this little bird is a resident of the UK, and appears in the chorus of this song by Donovan:



THE LULLABY OF SPRING
 
Donovan


Rain has showered far her drip
Splash and trickle running,
Plant has flowered in the sand
Shell and pebble sunning.

So begins another spring,
Green leaves and of berries,
Chiff-chaff eggs are painted by
Mother bird eating cherries.

In the misty tangled sky
Fast a wind is blowing,
In the new-born rabbit's heart
River life is flowing.

So begins another spring,
Green leaves and of berries,
Chiff-chaff eggs are painted by
Mother bird eating cherries.

>From the dark and wetted soil,
Petals are unfolding.
>From the stony village kirk,
Easter bells of old ring.

So begins another spring,
Green leaves and of berries,
Chiff-chaff eggs are painted by
Mother bird eating cherries.

Rain has showered far her drip
Splash and trickle running,
Plant has flowered in the sand
Shell and pebble sunning.

So begins another spring,
Green leaves and of berries,
Chiff-chaff eggs are painted by
Mother bird eating cherries.

 and this is how I've always pictured the "stony village kirk."

Have loved this song since I first heard it, back in 1968.

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