It was in the SMH spectrum (I had a lapse of memory), and can be
On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Philip A. Veerman wrote:
> Which weekend's papers? (there are lots of them around the country).
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kiran Krishna <>
> To: birding aus <>
> Date: Wednesday, 3 October 2001 16:38
> Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Never Say Never!
> Did anyone read the article about birders in this weekend's papers?
> On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Philip A. Veerman wrote:
> > It makes me wonder why those thousands of birdwatchers don't just go to
> America, to see an American Green Heron where it ought to be (notwitstanding
> difficulties and fears of getting on a plane to there)!
> > Philip
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alex Farias <>
> > To: birding-aus <>
> > Date: Tuesday, 2 October 2001 19:58
> > Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Never Say Never!
> > Hi All,
> > Thousands of birdwatchers of whole Europe are descending on
> Lincolnshire after an American Green Heron (Butorides striatus ) was seen on
> British soil for only the third time in
> > more than 110 years.
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The ghost of Ninon would be sorry now
To laugh at them, were she to see them here,
So brave and so alert for learning how
To fence with reason for another year.
Age offers a far comelier diadem
Than theirs; but anguish has no eye for grace,
When Time's malicious mercy cautions them
To think a while of number and of space.
The burning hope, the worn expectancy,
The martyred humour, and the maimed allure,
Cry out for time to end his levity,
And age to soften its investiture;
But they, though others fade, and are still fair
Defy their fairness and are unsubdued;
Although they suffer, they may not forswear
The patient ardor of the unpursued.
Poor flesh, to fight the calendar so long;
Poor vanity, so quaint and yet so brave;
Poor folly, so decieved and yet so strong,
So far from Ninon and so near the grave.
- Veteran Sirens, Edwin Arlington Robinson
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