Written by Lorraine Grochowska Kiefer Wednesday, 29 March 2006 17:00
Most people who have been to Poland will remember the huge storks nesting atop barns and cottages. These beloved birds come back each March, usually on March 19, St. Joseph's Day, or, the feast of the Annunciation, March 25. These storks, or "bociany" of old Polish legend, are considered to be kindred spirits of man, with many human qualities.
The ancient story says that frogs, lizards, snails and other pests were multiplying excessively and causing great problems. God gathered them all in a sack and told a man to empty the sack into the sea. Curiosity got the best of the poor human and he opened the sack! All escaped, so God changed the man into a stork to hunt them.