Corncrake Ale

corncrakeThis one is for Liz. I shall explain.
The first time i heard about the hunt for a Corncrake, was several years back when I visited Orkney with Einar, Lisbet and a friend of Lisbets. At the same B&B this Englishman who captured the interest of the girls, had come all the way up from England to look for – yes, a Corncrake. Very seldom seen now, but you may hear it.
The next time I toured Orkney, it was with my friends, Dallas and Liz. We rented a cabin in a bird sanctuary, and we knew that a Corncrake had been observed near by. One morning we, at least Liz and myself, found ourselves with binoculars looking out from our respective bed windows. We had heard a very strange sound. Almost metallic, and wondered what it was. We suddenly realised it was a Corncrake, in the bush close to the house! Oh, happiness. We searched for it, but never got a glimpse.
Today, I found this bottle of beer in my super market here in Oslo.
Corncrake! And not only that, brewed in Orkney! I just had to get it.
So maybe tonight…

Og dersom noen lurer, så heter den Åkerrikse på norsk. Grunnen til at den er blitt så sjelden i Storbrittania er maskinbruken i moderne jordbruk. Den hekker nemlig helst uti åkrene…

4 Comments on “Corncrake Ale

  1. Haha, good memories! Dallas even got up early when we heard that corncrake. So we have a photograph of the two crazy people in pajamas poking about in the undergrowth looking for that darn bird.
    How was the beer? Liz

  2. Ikke bare i England; også i Rogaland er det strid mellom landbruksfolket og naturvernerne om maskinmessig slått pga (truede) fugler som hekker i graset. Hvilken fugl det dreier seg om husker jeg ikke. – Og så var det ølet; er det godt??

    • Har ingen anelse ennå. Men besøket i forretningen var jo for å sikre at de hadde det du vet om noen uker, samt lete opp andre produkter. Men ølet blir jo litt dyrt da, men kanskje artig?

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