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Lóan er komin!

01.04.2019 - 13:50
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 Mynd: Alex Máni Guðríðarson - Aðsend mynd
The golden plover (lóa in Icelandic) has arrived in Iceland—which folklore dictates is the beginning of spring.

The first golden plover of the year was photographed on Thursday in Stokkseyri, southwest Iceland, by Hjördís Davíðsdóttir and her husband, during a walk along the beach. 

“Lóan er komin!” is the traditional headline for this annual news, which means simply “The golden plover has arrived”, and is also the title of a popular folk song: 

Lóan er komin að kveða burt snjóinn  
(The golden plover has arrived to banish the snow) 

kveða burt leiðindin, það getur hún.  
(To banish the boredom, that it can do.) 

Hún hefur sagt mér að senn komi spóinn,  
(It has told me the whimbrel will arrive soon,) 

sólskin í dali og blómstur í tún. 
(sunshine in the valley and blooms in the meadow.) 

Hún hefur sagt mér til syndanna minna,  
(It has told me of my sins,) 

ég sofi of mikið og vinni ekki hót. 
(I sleep too much and don't do any work.) 

Hún hefur sagt mér að vaka og vinna 
(It has told me to wake up and work)  

vonglaður taka nú sumrinu mót.  
(and full of hope welcome the summer.) 

This year’s first European golden plover, which breeds in Iceland and overwinters from Ireland and England and as far south as North Africa, arrived on 28th March. That is the same date as it arrived in Iceland in 2018, but five days later than in an average year.

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Alexander Elliott
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