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I aim to use this blog to keep up my English and maybe give others some insights in Swedish language. It's not a diary - well not quite...

Strömstare

Fåglar/BirdsPosted by Gunvor 2011-02-25 16:57:36

Caught him! When he saw us passing the bridge he flew upstreams beneath us. I'm not a very quick photographer, but was lucky this time.

Strömstare - Cinclus cinclus - is 'dipper' (!). He migrates south, but not very far; this one is probably from northern Scandinavia. We see him often in winter here by the river.

Ström is 'stream' and stare is 'starling', but he is not much like a starling, black but with white breast (I see in my bird guide that English 'dippers' are brown instead of black).

Perhaps you have heard the old tale about svalor - 'swallows' and 'house martins' - hibernating under water. It is said that people who saw strömstarar diving into the water can have believed they were swallows.

(New post about strömstare added February 2012: http://svenska.iedior.se/#post146..)