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Looduskalenderin Vikerraadio: Swan flower

Submitted by Looduskalender on Tue, 07.08.2018 - 21:54

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio

Photos by Arne Ader

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 19.07.2018

Luigelill

Swan flower

Fireweed has stretched open its long cluster of flowers and already its topmost tuft is blooming. But the hairy hill willow-herb is only starting and coltsfoot is still just ripe for picking to relieve men’s health troubles.

Tall yellow pillars  -  mulleins  -  stretch themselves tall in meadows, both the yellow great or common mulleins and also the dark mulleins with their bluish bloom centres. However, their flatter and sparser counterpart, the common agrimony, is at the end of its blooming season.

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Dawn and Dusk

Submitted by Looduskalender on Mon, 06.08.2018 - 21:51

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, presents texts also in Vikerraadio

Translation into English by Maret

Photo Arne Ader

Estonian text posted 17.07.2018

Kibuvits

Wild Rose (or Dog Rose)

Our loudest song birds have lost their power. The cuckoo has “caught a barley awn in its throat” (an old Estonian saying - M.)  -  flying over a field it’s no longer chased by an angry flock of birds. Even the nightingale has gone quiet, only the oriole is still whistling.

Right now the bird population presents a totally different sound to the world. The ones singing are mainly hedge sparrows and warblers. In addition, we can often hear some young birds’ cries for help: herons at the lake, owlets in the night or the young ones among a huge flock of starlings. But the oriole keeps whistling away and quite often its shrill sounds predict rain  -  and now the rain showers do keep coming very frequently.

Young black storks two and a half months

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 05.08.2018 - 09:54

Screenshot from webcam  UteL, LK forum
English translation Liis

 

Estonian text posted 04.08.2018

Near the nest flying exercises go on in daytime too

 

¨Black stork      Must-toonekurg       Ciconia nigra

 

Female Kati has not been seen since the beginning of August but so quietly the departure of the black stork females proceeds.

Hunger is what sets the young birds in action because the couple of feedings in a day by male Karl is no longer enough for youths grown big. They have to start acting and occupying themselves as their instincts tell them.

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Fields covered in cornflower blue

Submitted by Looduskalender on Sat, 04.08.2018 - 11:11

Kristel Vilbaste

Photo Arne Ader

English translation Maret

Estonian text posted 12.07.2018

Rukkililled nisupõllul

Cornflakes on wheat field

At some point in time, we start looking in the nature for cornflowers.

We probably don’t notice them much before the second week of July, but then all of a sudden every Estonian seems to need them. And there really are certain fields, where dicotyledonous plants are not abolished and where they bloom happily just then.

There are certainly many things to learn about our national flower. For instance, just when do cornflowers start to bloom in our fields. When you ask people, most of them think, that it must happen around the time for the Song Festivals (usually at the beginning of July - translator), because then just about everybody carries cornflowers, either in bouquets or in wreaths on the heads of girls.

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