St Columba is said to have rescued on Iona a wandering stork exhausted from the flight from Ireland in the late sixth century.

Go and seat thyself by the sea, upon the western bank of the island; there thou wilt see arrive from the north of Ireland and fall at thy feet a poor travelling stork, long beaten by the winds and exhausted by fatigue. Take her up with pity, feed her and watch her for three days ; after three days rest, when she is refreshed and strengthened, she will no longer wish to prolong her exile among us she will fly to sweet Ireland, her dear country where she was born. I bid thee care for her thus, because she comes from the land where I, too, was born.