Portrait of a house sparrow

DSC_8498There is a tree outside my bedroom window just the right height to let me spy on the sparrows. A few years back there was a vine that had covered the tree and the birds were very fond of the tree.  This is a female house sparrow. More information about house sparrows on Wikipedia.

I always come to think of the Swedish poet Nils Ferlin and his little sad poem about a sparrow when I see the bird. I have made a try to translate the poem below and at the bottom of the page is a Youtube-link to an artist singing the poem.

More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and The BIRD D’Pot .

English Swedish
Not even a gray little bird
who sings on the green twig
there is on the other side
and that makes me sad.

Not even a gray little bird
and never a birch that is white.
But on the most beautiful day that summer brings
it has happened that I longed to be on the other side.

Poem by Nils Ferlin with my attempt to translate it

Inte ens en grå liten fågel
Som sjunger på grönan kvist
Det finns på andra sidan
Och det tycker jag nog blir trist.

Inte ens en grå liten fågel
Och aldrig en björk som står vit.
Men den vackraste dagen som sommaren ger
Har det hänt att jag längtat dit.

Nils Ferlin

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