Mythical fire bird
Wings aflame as you fly off
I heard a bird singing somewhere in the bare branches of my neighbour’s winter tree. It took me a while to spot him, but I couldn’t make out his species.
Suddenly he took off, with a flash of his wings.
It was a Phoenix! The mythical fire bird.
And in a blinding light, he vanished!
How fortunate was I, to witness this extremely rare bird, from my back garden!
post script: I think from his size and song, he was a Red-winged starling. It explains why his red wing feathers lit up as he flew away, with the sunlight shining through them from the behind.