Steinmätscher (Muddier of Stones)
In the mountains,
when the piste-bullen stop,
before the dynamo hum of lifts starts,
the birds sing in evergreens the snow hasn’t reached.
I might hear a
scarce-seen Wheatear whose name
was changed from white arse - no better than
its teutonic epithet, Der Steinmätscher,
the which might even mean "Muddier of stones".
And the dawn chorus might ring out though
winter is still chilling
the bones of life,
some birds stay, forget migration and instinct
to sing the song of loneliness
against the brightening
Any birdwatcher in Austria would be over the moon to see a Steinmätscher at any time of year, much less in winter, as they are quite rare in Germany and Austria.