US singer David Rovics concert in England


This music video says about itself:

Song For Hugo Chávez” by David Rovics @ ALBA @ Copenhagen 17.12.2009.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Folk legend Rovics on board for Star fundraiser

Sunday 28 April 2013

Legendary political folk singer-songwriter David Rovics will perform a Morning Star fundraiser gig at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds this summer.

The musician from Portland, Oregan, will headline the event in Queens Road on Sunday June 9, with support from folk-inspired songwriter Duncan Evans and guest speakers Aslef vice-president Tosh McDonald and Morning Star editor Richard Bagley.

Tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm. You can buy tickets online now at www.leedsgigtickets.co.uk/tickets/83333.

Bumblebee, wheatears, and lizard


Northern wheatear on pole, 28 April 2013

We continued the walk in the Doldersumse veld, on 28 April 2013. Dandelion flowers attract a tree bumblebee. A bit further, a honeybee on another dandelion.Then, three northern wheatears on a fence.

Northern wheatear flies away from pole, 28 April 2013

Northern wheatear sitting on pole, 28 April 2013

Male stonechat on pole, 28 April 2013

Also, a male stonechat.

Male stonechat sitting on pole, 28 April 2013

Male stonechat on wire, 28 April 2013

A small common lizard runs toward a hole in the ground.

Blackcap male singing, 28 April 2013

Back in the garden. A male blackcap sings.

Blackcap male, 28 April 2013

A female “orangecap” blackcap is present as well.

A paper about the phylogeny of the Oenanthe lugens complex is published in the latest issue (December 2003) of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution journal by Schweizer & Shirihai. In this study the authors recommended splitting of the Mourning Wheatear complex into three different species, but stopped short of recognizing the North African taxon halophila as a distinct species, i.e. the Maghreb Wheatear Oenanthe halophila: here.

Wheatears in the Netherlands: here.

Tree pipit, Montagu’s harrier, skylark


Robin, Drents-Friese wold, 28 April 2013

28 April 2013. After 27 April, our second day in the Drents-Friese Wold nature reserve. A robin.

Tree sparrows and house sparrows in the garden near the forest’s edge.

Pied wagtails, 28 April 2013

Two pied wagtails in an amorous mood.

Near the Doldersumse Veld watchtower, a willow warbler sings.

A great spotted woodpecker.

Tree pipit, Dolderdumse veld, 28 April 2013

A tree pipit sings, flying, then landing in one of various trees.

Tree pipit singing, Dolderdumse veld, 28 April 2013

Tree pipit looking, Dolderdumse veld, 28 April 2013

A chiffchaff.

Two buzzards circling around each other in the air.

Male Montagu's harrier, Doldersumse veld, 28 April 2013

Another bird of prey flies lower, far away: a male Montagu’s harrier.

While a skylark sings.

Common redstart male, Doldersumse veld, 28 April 2013

A male common redstart in a tree.

A molehill.

Four grey lag geese, flying, calling.

Rabbit faeces.

A northern lapwing calls.

Skylark, grass near footpath, Doldersumse veld, 28 April 2013

A skylark on the grass next to the sandy footpath.

A yellowhammer sings.

Jay, Doldersumse veld, 28 April 2013

A jay on a tree.

Stay tuned, as there will be more information and photos on this blog about Doldersumse veld wildlife.

Scotland against bedroom tax


This music video from Scotland is called Bedroom Tax Song: You Cannae Have A Spare Room in a Pokey Cooncil Flat.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Scotland unites to fight Con-Dem bedroom tax

Sunday 28 April 2013

Former Scottish Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan was elected chair of the new All-Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation on Saturday.

The federation was formed at a meeting of local groups in Glasgow.

One of the newly elected vice-chairs, Fiona Jordan, told the Star: “It was a really good day – not just all fire and brimstone speeches, but real awareness that people need to be given hope and support.”

Luke Ivory of the Parkhead anti bedroom tax campaign in the east of Glasgow was elected secretary of the new Scotland-wide group.

Around 250 people attended the founding conference.

Speakers included SNP MSP Sandra White and former Scottish Co-operative Party chairwoman Mary Lockhart.