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A Greek goddess who was changed into a king-fisher by the gods after she threw herself into the sea upon finding the body of her drowned husband Ceyx washed up on the shore.  The seven days preceding the Winter Solstice and the seven days after it are known as the Halcyon Days,   named after Alcyone.  It was during this time,  according to ancient Greek mythology,  that Alcyone kept the waters peaceful and calm so that she could build her nest upon the surface of the sea and sit on it until her eggs hatched.

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