“THE JACKDAW sat on the Cardinal’s chair!
Bishop and abbot and prior were there;
Many a monk, and many a friar,
Many a knight, and many a squire,
With a great many more of lesser degree,—
In sooth, a goodly company;
And they serv’d the Lord Primate on bended knee.
Never, I ween,
Was a prouder seen,
Read of in books, or dreamt of in dreams,
Than the Cardinal Lord Archbishop of Rheims!”
Already these first verses of poem The Jackdaw of Rheims by Richard Barham (1788–1845) describe how admired the intelligence of western jackdaws was already during the past times.
And there this bird sits, on the table of a small café in Porvoo during the last days of August, the colors of the flowers painting the background as red as the Cardinal’s chair!
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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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