There is a wonderful poem by Goethe that makes use of the words"ruh"and "vogelein". Here it is:

Uber allen Gipfeln
Ist Ruh.
In allen Wipfeln
Spurest du
Kaum einen Hauch.
Die Vogelein schweigen in Walde
Warte nur, balde
Ruhest du auch.

To get a sense of the meaning of the poem you only need to know a few translations to English-Gipfeln is  peaks or summits, Wipfeln is treetops, and Walde is woods or forest. For a complete translation you can look up the first line of the poem in Wikipedia.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

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From: Alex DePillis <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 1:11 pm
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Zugunruhe

English, too:

/Alex DePillis
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On 11/2/2014 12:14 PM, Alex DePillis wrote:
> Wow, fun with words!
> German.  Zug is the noun; the verb is ziehen, to pull.  A Zug is a 
> train, or a pull on a cigarette, or a gulp of beer.
> Ruhe is rest, Unruhe is unrest.
> Zugvogel is a migratory bird.  Vogelzug is bird migration.
> Here's the German Wikipedia entry:
> -- 
> /Alex DePillis
> /
> On 11/1/2014 10:03 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>> Zugunruhe is a term that describes the pre-migratory excitement and agitated 
behavior that birds sometime display just prior to starting out on a flight. 
Presumably, it's function is to communicate the birds' intentions to get moving 
and coordinate the departure? It's seen quite a lot in shorebirds, for example, 
when they make short flights often returning to land from where they took off, 
before launching out on the "big one".
>> Sent from my iPad