Monthly Archives: May 2007

Ladybird on plum blossom

What’s been happening?

What’s been happening?
It’s been a while since I wrote about progress, so here’s an update. The weather [I’m English I’m allowed to have a weather fixation] has been just perfect, beautiful warm days, occasional rain and everything has benefited. The vegetables are all growing well particularly the potatoes, we may even have an early crop soon.


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Recued Duckling

The Rescue

On Friday afternoon I was walking the dog down by the Billabäck when Troy started to get really agitated barking and growling which is not his normal behaviour while out for a walk. I ran over to see what was upsetting him to find a heron attacking some ducklings.
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Roe Deer; Capreolus capreolus

The Rivals

Walking around Alledal this weekend, I noticed the only trees not in leaf were the ash, which put me in mind of the old rhyme:

If the oak before the ash, the world will get a splash
If the ash before the oak the world will get a soak

Like many old doggerels it refers to the weather. If the oak buds burst before those of the ash, the summer would be fair and dry; if the ash came first the summer would be wet.

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Common Pheasant; Phasianus colchius; ringfasan

The Bird Table

Common Pheasant; Phasianus colchius; ringfasanThis is just a list of the birds we've seen at Alledal, despite it's title not all of them have been feeding from the bird table. It may not have any real rareties, which is a good thing since I'm not sure I'd welcome Bill Oddie and his coterie of twitchers poking their telephoto lenses into my shrubbery. Nonetheless it is – at least to me – interesting to see exactly how many different birds we do get here. I hope to keep this updated with new any arrivals.

Any mistakes in identification are purely my own the same is true of the translation into Swedish. I am no expert in either ornithology or Swedish and may have made some misidentifications but to the best of my knowledge the list is correct.


Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica ladusvala
Blackbird Turdus merula koltrast
Blue Tit Parus cearuleus blåmes
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica blåhake
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla bergfink
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula domherre
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs bofink
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto turkduva
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo ormvråk
  Common Crane   Grus grus   trana
  Cormorant   Phalacrocorax carbo   Storskarv
Dunnock Prunella modularis järnsparv
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris björktrast
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis steglits
Great Tit Parus major talgoxe
  Greater Spotted Woodpecker   Dendrocopos major   större hackspett
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris grönfink
  Green Woodpecker   Picus viridis   gröngöling
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea gråhäger
Greylag Goose Anser anser grågås
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes stenknäck
Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix kråka
  House Martin   Delichon urbica   hussvala
House Sparrow Passer domesticus gråsparv
Jackdaw Corvus monedula kaja
  Lapland Longspur   Calcarius lapponicus   lappsparv
  Lapwing    Vanellus vanellus   tofsvipa
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus stjärtmes
Magpie Pica pica skata
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos gräsand
Marsh Tit Poecile palustris entita [?]
Montagu’s Harrier Cirus pygarus ängshök
Pheasant Phasianus colchius ringfasan
  Pied Flycatcher   Ficedula hypoleuca   svart vit flugsnappare
Raven Corvus corax korp
Red Kite Milvus milvus rödglada
Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus rödstjärt
Redwing Turdus iliacus rödvingetrast
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus sävsparv
Robin Erithacus rubecula rödhake
Siskin Carduelis spinus grönsiska
Skylark Alauda arvensis sånglärka
Song Thrush Turdus philomelus sångtrast
Sparrowhawk Accipter nisus sparvhök
Starling Sturnus vulgaris stare
  Swift     Apus apus   tornsvala
Tawny Owl Strix aluco kattuggla
  Tree Sparrow   Passer montanus   pilfink
Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus sidensvans
White/Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba sädesärla
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus ringduva
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes gärdsmyg
  Yellow Wagtail   Motacilla flava   gulärla
Skånegås, Scania Geese, Skane Geese

Tuesday 01 May

It’s Mayday and a bank holiday here in Sweden. The air is thick with the smell of wood smoke from the bonfires lit last night to celebrate Walpurgis Nacht. In mediaeval times the administrative year ended on 30 April. This was a day of festivities when craftsmen and merchants could celebrate the beginning of summer. This was also the traditional time when animals were let out from their winter accommodation and put out to graze. The bonfires were lit to scare away any predators.

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