The Dark Eyed Junco

The Latin word for bird is avem. The word Ave! in Latin means “hail!”

There is something about birds that has long enthralled me.

Some days ago I had just sat in a chair alone in a secluded place in a quiet garden, when a bird appeared. It flew down and landed about 7 feet from me.

For some reason, I knew this was a very important little bird. It had a red ring around its eye – it must be a subspecies.

I remember saying aloud, very quietly, “Oh, you are a very special little bird.”

I have a lifetime of watching birds behind me and I could immediately sense, with a trained eye, that this bird had an important communication for me. I was immediately very attentive and I took notes of its movements.

It was a Dark Eyed Junco mostly from Oregon. The Latin name of that bird is Junco hyemalis – the winter flowering reed/grass.

I saw two other unusual bird encounters that day. But this one, the first, it was the most extraordinary thing that I have ever encountered.

What do you hail? A leader? A god? Those things can be flawed. No, you hail but one thing. Truth. Wisdom is the distillation of truth to practical concerns. Wisdom opens the doors to the garden in the mind that nurtures virtue. One might call that garden the seed of loving actions.

And this little bird appeared. It started to do a dance, like a crackling and the crackling tower of its forced movements it was intense and focused and when I use the phrase “crackling tower,” it is quite deliberate, for there was this sense in its movements of intense energy building up. At first it just moved its feet but with an intensity the most skilled African foot dancer would have been impressed by.

And after a while of this movement, the bird suddenly shot up to the sky with insane speed.

I had been looking at the nature of hydrogen. At its combustion in the sun, at around that time.

Friedrich August Kekule was a German chemist. He clarified the structure of Benzene. He said he had discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule after having a day dream of a snake seizing its own tail.

In a similar way, that bird taught me the hidden Phyto-electro-magnetic-thermodynamics of hydrogen fusion in the tachocline layer of the sun; the star we orbit, the source of all life in a solar system.

1 thought on “The Dark Eyed Junco”

  1. The comments in the above Facebook Post were –
    Nathan Curry said :
    I have seen some extraordinary things in nature. But this bird:
    Junco hyemalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
    The Dark Eyed Junco
    One visited me a few days ago and it was the most extraordinary encounter.
    I will write about it soon.
    I have adored nature all my life. There is something in the pageantry and delicate happiness of birds. I have been fond of it as long as I can remember.
    Once I held a storm petrel in my hands. I think it must be the most tenacious of birds.
    But this bird, the junco,
    It’s Latin name means:
    “The winter flowering reed,”
    What the bird that visited me had to share – well, I have never seen anything like that, not anything as remotely extraordinary as that before.
    Ada Scheenloop replied :
    Wow can’t wait to read about this lovely encounter
    Nathan Curry replied :
    Nothing in all my life has given me hope like that encounter; even in its name is something auspicious, a symbol of a turn in man’s nature.
    Even in the darkest winters, even in the darkest inner places, even in the darkest hours, there is the potential for new flowering.
    Nathan Curry said :
    The name; the winter flowering reed
    It is this sense, inspired by Walt Whitman, that man can and does flourish down by the robed river of his best self.
    And the winters of our discontent, as individuals, and as thriving communities, and as an evolving species, can be duly logged and put behind us.
    Tommy Ma’Lark said :
    Great photo

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