This haiga is a version of a haiku previously published many years ago now in Issue 7 of Shamrock, The Irish Haiku Journal. I'm reposting it to celebrate the return today of the swifts to Edinburgh from their wintering grounds in Africa. It was lovely to see four of these wonderful birds up in the sky above our rooftops! Hopefully there will be more of them over the coming weeks.
As many readers of this blog will know, swifts are my favourite birds! They are the ultimate bird, as they spend almost all their lives in the sky, even sleeping on the wing!
Swifts feature in several of my poems, including these:
Endless Skies (ghazal)
Swifts are struggling in Scotland, to find out more, please visit the Concern for Swifts website.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) want records of swifts across the country (more details here).
If you want to help survey swifts in Edinburgh, you may be interested in the event advertised here.