Once in a long while…..

…..Something happens to you that leaves you thinking. 

The other day, I was out on the boat, alone, trolling on Lake Erie. About seven kilometres from shore. It was overcast, flat water and overall, a peaceful and quiet time. nothing but water in every direction. I saw a small black dot appear on the horizon, approaching the boat at a speed. 

This little bird landed on the downrigger, and literally collapsed, wings spread.

He sat there for quite a time, then got up and began to explore the boat, eating small dried insects found here and there. This little guy had no fear, and began to explore me! 

He sat on my shoulders, climbed up my back, sat on top of my head and landed on my outstretched finger. He literally accompanied me for about an hour, sitting everywhere on the boat and all over me without the slightest fear. Then ,as fast as he arrived,  he hopped up to the highest point on the boat, looked back once, and took off over the water towards Ohio. The little black dot disappeared on the horizon……

Googled the description, and identified him as a Ruby Crowned Kinglet. They winter in southern Mexico. 

I wondered, did he ever think our paths would cross when he stared out that morning? 

I know I didn’t! 

Trust is a funny thing, both he and I had it for that fleeting time, on the water , a long way from home.