Spring has arrived at the farm Laxamýri in Sudur-Thingeyjarsýsla county in northeast Iceland where lambing has begun. The first lamb to be born at the farm and in Iceland this spring arrived on Wednesday.
A newborn lamb. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
The little ewe was named Lokka after her mother, the seven-year-old Gullinlokka, which is one of the farm’s oldest ewes and has probably given birth to her last lamb, ruv.is reports.
The farmer at Laxamýri, whose name wasn’t mentioned in the article, said Lokka’s birth had come as a surprise as the conception had not been planned. “It was done in secrecy,” he commented. The farm has 350 sheep and expects around 520 lambs to be born this spring.
Another sure sign of spring came many weeks ago when the first golden plover was spotted in the Westman Islands on February 25, which is unusually early so it might have been a case of a bird which stayed the entire winter rather than having migrated, ruv.is reports.
A beloved Icelandic poem by Páll Ólafsson says: “The golden plover has come to sing away the snow,” but that was not the case with the Westman Islands bird as the country saw some heavy dumps of snow last month.
But the last weekend of March more golden plovers were spotted in the capital region so now it appears that the migratory bird has arrived for sure. The first birds usually arrive March 20 to March 31.