wild voar

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How I love this Shetlan word, voar.
My favourite time of year, that lapse of time in between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice, when the Earth swings & sings along.
With April start the greatest shows on earth – brighter colours brought by a sun, a racing game with the sunrise, meadows & fields teeming with life – a morning sky filled with birdsong… The return of old avian friends – meadow pipit, northern wheatear or skylark that come to ennoble tussock grass. Better than toys, television…
Dawn & dusk belong to blackbirds, perched on roof tops or chimney stacks. Relentless maestros in gardens, together with wrens & sparrows. Or “exotic” visitors, like a brambling or a hawfinch…
In nearby fields, the stage belongs to crooning curlews & shalders (oystercatchers) with snipes drumming for spring and love.
Our first razorbills & common guillemots back on cliff ledges & stacks to rekindle life around heads.
Rooks are nesting in canopies (yes, we have a few trees in Shetland!) – rain geese (red-throated divers) & sea ducks wander at will around our wicks (square shaped bays), voes (long narrow water inlets) or lochans…
Yellow dominates at our feet – marigold, primrose, celandine…
Now you know the meaning of “voar”, that Shetlan word that defines spring.

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